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BUU11510 Fundamentals of Management & Organisation

(10 ECTS credits)


Professor Mary Lee Rhodes

Module Description/Content

The module introduces students to the nature and form of organisations, tools and techniques for management of organisations, and their role in social and individual well-being. The module is structured around seven themes: an historical perspective on organisations; the global context of business; business strategy; modes of organising; people & organisations; business in society and technology and business.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, participants should be able to:

  • describe the main factors that affect the evolution of organisations in the modern world;
  • describe the key aspects of business environment, strategy, organisational form, leadership and team formation and apply these to the analysis of a firm;
    • describe and assess (at a high level) the impact of business in the wider society
    • describe and assess (at a high level) the impact of technology on business

In addition, students will have developed the following skills:

  • conduct sound business research into subjects related to the course material;
  • demonstrate analytical skills by producing an in-depth analysis of a real-life business situation;
  • prepare and deliver effective presentations relating to seminar assignments

Textbook and Readings

Magretta, Joan (2013) 3rd Ed. What Management Is, London, UK: Profile Books.

Wheeler, Tom (2019) From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future, Wash, D.C.: The Brookings Institution

Other readings as listed in the Course handbook provided to students at the beginning of the year.

General Supplemental Readings

It is essential students read the business press, for example the Financial Times or the Economist, or the business sections of national newspapers, at least once a week. In reading these sources you should always be alert for news items or articles that provide real world examples of ideas you have read about in the course material and that reinforce your learning.  In addition, you should focus on one or two industry sectors that are of particular interest to you as sources of material for your essay / participation in seminars.

Student Preparation for the Module

Students should purchase and begin reading the book entitled ‘What Management Is’. This excellent little volume, selected as Book of the Year by The Economist and Business Week, is a very readable account of the core ideas in management and business. Much like a novel, this volume can be read at one or two sittings and may be read several times. It is available very cheaply from online booksellers.


There are four elements to the assessment of the course:

(i) Seminar attendance and participation (value 10%)
(ii) Semester 1 Case Study, (value 25%)
(iii) Semester 2 Essay (value 25%)
(iv) Multiple Choice Exam (value 40%).