Understanding Organisation and Management

Department of Management, Business School

College of Social Sciences


Code 24871

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

The purpose of the module is to draw organisational analysis and management thought together, extracting the management implications from different strands of organisational thinking, and highlighting the conceptual issues implied in management problems. The module explores the nature of organization and gives an overview of traditional approaches to their analysis and design, from bureaucracy and scientific management to contingency theory, socio-technical systems and transaction cost analysis. The module focuses on different aspects of organisations – their relationship to the individuals who constitute them, social groups and cultures, governance and goals. Learning is facilitated and reinforced through practical case studies and exercises conducted in a series of seminar classes.

Teaching and learning methods

Large-group lectures, small-group problem solving seminar classes.