MG441      Half Unit
Foundations of Management (modular)

This information is for the 2015/16 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.

This information in this course guide pertains to the 2015-2017 cohort.

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.


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

The course will run between the following dates:

  • 24 August - 5 September 2015   
  • 14-19 December 2015


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

2,000 word essay

Indicative reading

Paul Willman: Understanding Management: Social Science Foundations

Oxford University Press, September 2014.


Class participation (15%), other (20%) and take home exam (65%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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