Contemporary Management Challenges - CB678

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR S Mohammed checkmark-circle


This module will explore more advanced management and organizational theory to facilitate students’ examination of contemporary management challenges. As well as considering these challenges from a mainstream managerial perspective, the module will also draw on the perspective of critical management studies as a means of providing an alternative viewpoint on contemporary management issues. Indicative topic areas may include:

Globalization and anti-globalization
The character of ownership – foreign versus national ownership
Social and environmental sustainability
Corporate social responsibility and corporate criminality
Corporate governance
Organizational misbehaviour and resistance
Organizational identity and identity work
Masculinisation and Feminisation of Management
New forms of work such as emotional labour and aesthetic labour
New organizational forms


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Examination, 2 hours (60%)
In-Course Timed Essay (800 words) (20%)
Group Presentation (20%)

Reassessment method:
100% exam

Indicative reading

Grey, C. 2009: A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations, Second Edition. London: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- understand advanced theories of management;
- critically evaluate contemporary management practices and organisation structures;
- critically assess managerial responses to contemporary organisational challenges such as globalisation and sustainable development;
- understand the relevance of critical management studies to our knowledge of management and organisations;
- explore the power of contemporary managers and the organisations they run.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- critically assess and evaluate the impact of contemporary phenomena such as globalization or environmental concerns on management and organisations;
- demonstrate developed analytical skills by connecting advanced theories of management to contemporary management situations and concerns;
- demonstrate enhanced oral communication skills;
- demonstrate enhanced ability to write coherently and critically;
- demonstrate enhanced ability to draw on social science concepts and theories and to articulate complex arguments;
- operate and communicate effectively within a group working on a complex issue and contribute to group decision-making.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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