MG441      Half Unit
Foundations of Management (modular)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Paul Willman


This course is compulsory on the Executive Global MSc Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

A basic grounding in the key management disciplines. Students will be provided with an overview of the development of Management disciplines and will develop an understanding of the disciplinary anchors in Sociology, Psychology and Economics. Each field will cover Origins and disciplinary boundaries, triggers for growth, core concepts and the current state of play and debate.


40 hours of lectures in the MT.

Scheduled over 2 modules – 10 sessions of up to 4 hours each.

1. Course Introduction and the Origins of Management
2: Management and Firm
3: Taylorism, Motivation and Performance
4: The Rise and Decline of Labour
5: The Rise of Human Resources Management
6: The Origins of Modern Strategy
7: Understanding Organisational Structures
8: Analysis of Organisations
9. Contemporary Strategic Management: Firms as Bundles of Resources
10. Strategy and Decision Making

Seminar classes:
1. Managers and Managerial Work
2. The Firm and the Manager
3. Taylorism and Toyotaism
4. Internal Labour Market and Boundaries of Firms
5. Company Case – proposed: UBS
6. The Analysis of Competitive Forces
7. Understanding Organisational Structures
8. Theories and Strategy
9. The Analysis of Competences
10. Understanding Decision Biases

Formative coursework

Feedback on class participation and a 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

P.Willman: 'Learning the Business;the Social Scientific Foundations of Management', Pearson.


Class participation (10%) and other (25%) in the MT.
Take home exam (65%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication