Management and the modern corporation BA1010

The course offers foundation studies of the nature and process of management and organisation by examining key ideas of modern management theory and practice within an intellectual and historical context. 

Topics covered

  • Overview of the different ways in which management has been conceptualised and understood by researchers in the field.
  • Examine different traditions, or schools of thinking, to show how our contemporary understanding of organisations and management is built on concepts and theories that have their origins in the first half of the 20th century.
  • The topic considers in more detail the context in which Frederick Taylor and Henry Ford developed their ideas and practices.
  • The work of Max Weber.
  • An approach to management and organisation that was only too aware of managerial formalist approaches and their shortcomings.
  • How the study of management and organisations became strongly influenced after the Second World War by a different way of thinking.
  • Structural contingency approach. 
  • Explore non-rational approaches to management by focusing on the concept of culture.
  • A focus on power and conflict in organisations highlights the role of social attachments, social disagreements and the pursuit of ambition in management decision-making and control.
  • Exploring what we know about how managers actually go about their work and how managers aim to extract full working potential.
  • Institutional analysis
  • The broad objective of this topic is to provide key concepts for analysing the design of jobs within organisations.
  • Principles of organisational design.
  • New management discipline
  • Managing workforce diversity
  • Organisational conflict

​Learning outcomes

  • Describe and explain basic concepts and theories of management and organisation
  • Apply these ideas to a range of practical management and organisational problems
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the intellectual and practical origins of modern management
  • Explain the emergence of modern management within its particular socio-economic context
  • Offer a critical knowledge of modern management and organisational practices
  • Present a reflective understanding of this body of knowledge in both written and spoken forms


This module is assessed by a three hour unseen written examination.

Essential reading

The following is provided as part of the course materials after you register:

  • Managing Organisations: Text, Reading and Cases (Wilson & Rosenfield)
  • Organisational Behaviour, An Introductory Text (Buchanan & Huczynski)

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