Foundations of Management

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  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG133
  • Starting TBC
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Please note: This course will not be running as part of the 2021 programme. However, you may be interested in our confirmed courses.

What does good management look like? How can an organisation be designed to maximise performance? What is the best way to organise work to ensure motivation? Answering these questions is critical for businesses who want to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable business environment. Managers need to have good planning, organisational, risk management, and people skills to adapt quickly.

Taking a holistic view of management, this introductory course examines management from a range of perspectives, including psychology, sociology and economics. Exploring important topics such as strategy formulation, people management, culture, globalisation, innovation and leadership, you will discuss how management theory can be used to address these major issues faced by contemporary organisations.

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.

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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