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MG133: Foundations of Management


Course Content

This course provides an essential understanding of the basic theories relevant to the management of work organisations in order to provide a basis for practising ‘evidence-based management’ (using theory to inform practice). As such, it is appealingly broad, covering topics as wide-ranging as strategy formulation, people management, culture and diversity, innovation and decision making. 

The course also explores some of the major issues currently faced by business organisations and what management responses to such might be. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of management theory and practice, the module makes use of ideas from economics, sociology and psychology to develop students’ understanding of the topic.

Topics covered include: 

  • The growth of the firm and the rise of management
  • Disciplinary origins of management theory
  • Strategy formulation and planning
  • The contemporary context of workplace management, for example globalisation and cross-cultural management
  • The principals of behaviour within and between organisations

Teaching will be organised around daily interactive lectures and seminars. Through the use of case studies, participants will develop their critical management skills by applying learned theories to real world organisational problems.

Course Outcomes

Overall, this course will help students to develop a greater awareness of the types of management skills and knowledge which are increasingly sought in the workplace. It is ideally suited to those who wish to develop a detailed, critical understanding of contemporary management.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the origins of management theory and practice
  • Evaluate the usefulness of key theories for understanding and shaping contemporary workplace management
  • Apply management knowledge and skills to organisational contexts.

World-class LSE teaching

The Department of Management was established in 2000, and is committed to advancing the frontiers of the study of management, through its social-science based research, collaboration across the entire LSE, and its engagement with enterprises, organisations, and leaders throughout the world. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework has ranked LSE as the UK higher education leader for Business and Management Studies.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE.



There is no set text for this course. Students will be given a set of photocopied materials, and will additionally be expected to make use of reading materials available electronically in the Library.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



2017 course dates to be confirmed.

Level: 100 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: None. Some knowledge of introductory economics, sociology, psychology and/or management is recommended

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: In-class presentation and one written examination.

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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