MG458      Half Unit
Foundations of Management I

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Brittany Jones NAB 4.04


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

Course content

This course provides a basic grounding in a number of key management disciplines and will be taught chronologically. Students will therefore 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. 1. Course Introduction and the Origins of Management 2. Management and the Firm 3. Taylorism, Motivation, and Performance 4. The Rise and Decline of Labour 5. The Rise of Human Resources Management 6. Decision Making 7. Understanding Organisational Structures 8. The Origins of Modern Strategy 9. Contemporary Strategic Management: Firms as Bundles of Resources 10. Managed by Markets?


30 hours of lectures and 7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT.
Seminars will develop critical thinking and writing skills for postgraduate study. Running concurrently with the syllabus above, these will reinforce key topics and learning points but also focus on the following content: 1. Postgraduate study skills (finding and indexing resources; referencing; advanced group study; learning to be critical; self-reflection) 2. Critical reading 3. Developing a critical analysis of a text 4. Compiling a literature review 5. Self-critical reading and writing; reviewing for others

Formative coursework

Formative coursework will be assigned in seminars.

Indicative reading

D. A. Wren and A.G Bedeian, The Evolution of Management Thought, Sixth Edition, Wiley 2009. A full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.
M. Wallace and A. Wray, Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates, Second Edition, London: Sage 2012.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 1500 words) in the LT.
In class assessment (20%) in the MT.

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

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills