Management Principles - BUSN3660

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Shenxue Li checkmark-circle


Management Principles aims to provide an understanding of the challenges of managing people within complex work organisations. The experience of work and employment are being affected by rapid change as a result of a number of factors including new technology, the growth of global competition and the changing demographic profiles and values of the work force. These developments are considered within an historical context. An exploration of their implications for management practices and organisational forms will also be conducted.

Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field. Case studies will be used to show how these concepts can impact upon management decision making within work organisations.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Group Presentation (30%)
Examination, 2 Hour (70%)

Reassessment methods
100% examination

Indicative reading

Mullins, L. (2013) Management & Organisational Behaviour, 10th Edition, Pearson Education

Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. Pitsis, T. (2011) Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, Third Edition. London: Sage

Buchanan, D. & Huczynski, A. (2010) Organizational Behaviour, 7th Edition, Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall

Fincham, R. and Rhodes P. (2005) Principles of Organizational Behaviour, 4th Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Knights, D. & Willmott, H. (Eds.) (2007) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, London: Thomson Learning

Watson, T. (2006) Organising and Managing Work, 2nd Edition, Essex: Pearson Education

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Understand key theories of management.
- Understand the development of management thinking and the continuities and changes embedded in this.
- Understand the interplay between management and organisational forms.
- Understand the connection between management practices and the business environment.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Organise and present an analysis as a considered viewpoint.
- Find, select and synthesise complex information.
- Evidence interpersonal skills required for interacting within groups and small teams.
- Evidence team presentation skills.
- Plan work and study independently using relevant resources.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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