Power, Status, and Conflict in Organisations

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG133
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

What are the differences between power and status? How are these elements of influence gained or lost? In which ways can power and status corrupt, or uplift, those who posses them? Is conflict between employees and managers inevitable or preventable?

This introductory course examines the causes and effects of power, status, and conflict within organizations. The course focuses on understanding the bright and dark sides of power and status within hierarchies, from perspectives in psychology, sociology and economics. The second focus of the course is to examine how these factors relate to conflict, rivalry, and competition within organizations.

Designed to give you practical management skills, this course uses real world case studies to develop your understanding of management theory and its application to a range of business scenarios. Regardless of your academic background, you will develop a greater awareness of the types of management skills and knowledge which are increasingly sought after in the workplace.

 Session: One - CLOSED
Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2022
Lecturer: Dr Jeffrey Thomas


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*:  In-class presentation, one written examination and class participation

Typical credit*: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional but may be required for credit by your home institution. You will need to check with your home institution that this course meets their credit requirements.

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


There are no prerequisites for this course. However some knowledge of introductory economics, sociology, psychology and/or management is recommended. 

Key topics

  • 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
  • Globalisation and cross-cultural management
  • The principals of behaviour within and between organisations

Programme structure and assessment

This course is delivered as a combination of lectures, case-studies, and readings. Due to the highly interactive nature of the course, you will be expected to prepare readings, mini case-studies and set questions to discuss in class.

The course is assessed through a photo essay (25%), a final examination (65%) and class participation (10%). There is also an opportunity to participate in a mini mock examination for feedback during the course which will help you prepare for the final examination. The mock examination will not contribute towards your final grade.

Further details will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Course outcomes

  • 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

Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable if you do not necessarily have a background in management but would like to develop the managerial skills to broaden your business and leadership skills. It is especially useful if you want to start your own business or are pursuing a career in consulting or business management. 

Your department

LSE’s Department of Management unites four subject areas – Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour, Information Systems and Innovation, Managerial Economics and Strategy, and Management Science. It thereby combines the study of business and management with LSE’s renowned social sciences perspective. LSE is ranked 2nd in the world for social sciences and management (2020 QS World University Rankings) and the Department of Management, along with the Departments of Accounting and Finance, was ranked as the UK leader for Business and Management Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Our world-class record of multidisciplinary management research gives students a solid understanding of the global business environment. Whether learning the fundamentals of management or gaining advanced insights into specific aspects of strategy, negotiation, marketing or human resources, students will develop a competitive edge for their future career.

Your faculty

Dr Jeffrey Thomas
Assistant Professor of Management
Department of Management

Reading materials

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

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