Theory and Practice of Management

Module titleTheory and Practice of Management
Module codeBEM1016A
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Mr Stephen Taylor (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description


This module introduces students to major contemporary developments in business and management, to the most influential management theories and to seminal debates about management practice. While you are encouraged to reflect on past developments, the overall focus of the module is on the likely future direction of management practice and on the key explanatory factors..

Additional Information:


Due to the broad scope of this module, internationalisation is embedded in the content of this module, and globalisation is explored both in lectures and in one of the core case studies.

Sustainability is explored as part of our lectures on globalisation and business ethics and is discussed in the context of three seminar case studies.


In this module, students acquire confidence and skills in presenting, writing business reports, research, working in teams, managing conflicts, and working to deadlines. They also get an understanding and experience of working in informal networks, coaching, peer review, and performance management.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to introduce you to a range of significant issues in today's business and management world. Our major objective is to help you develop a good understanding of key contemporary developments and of their antecedents. In each case you will develop a good understanding of theory and practice. The module aims to investigate a number of different aspects of management:

  • the history of management thinking and its impact on practice
  • the evolution of increased competitive intensity and its chief causes and effects
  • the factors which account for industrial restructuring and its impact
  • major contemporary trends in the political, regulatory economic, social and demographic environments in which organisations compete, their contemporary and likely future significance
  • the role of the individual manager in contributing to organisational success
  • talent management, performance management and the effective management of change

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. assess the impact of different historical perspectives in management and organisation studies
  • 2. evaluate the changing characteristics of organisations and explain the causes of key contemporary developments in management
  • 3. explain the role of the manager in different organisational settings
  • 4. identify the increasing impact of technology, innovation and sustainability issues on the manager's role

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. be able to develop and justify arguments, evidence critical thinking, and contrast and evaluate different assumptions and perspectives
  • 6. work effectively and be self-motivated, to work effectively in a group, and present an argument in front of an audience
  • 7. analyse an organisation's environment and evidence an awareness of strategy
  • 8. demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues in management such as those relating to the management of change, ethics etc
  • 9. comprehend issues relating to organization studies and the management of people within organisations

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. prepare and organise work individually and in groups using a range of available technologies
  • 11. work positively and collaboratively in groups, managing any conflict arising
  • 12. prepare reports to which everyone in their group contributes and then present it succinctly
  • 13. lead a tutorial presentation and discussion session
  • 14. work on case study based materials, comparing different personal approaches to research and organisation, whilst developing an effective and convincing team presentation

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Module Introduction and the management process
  • History and evolution of management thinking
  • Globalisation and its impact on organisations
  • Managing international organisations
  • The response of managers to social and demographic change
  • Performance management
  • Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Managing change effectively
  • Technology and innovation
  • Decision making and ethics
  • Talent management
  • Revision week

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours22Lectures
Guided Independent Learning22Structured library and web based research and learning


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutor feedback on draft group presentations. One hour6 & 10-14In-class feedback & peer review of presentations.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual Assignment 252500 words - four short articles2,3,5,8 & 9Written feedback
Group presentation25Typically between 4-8 students. Presentation of a maximum of 15 minutes. Group led discussion for a minimum of 5 minutes.6 & 10-14In class feedback & written report
Examination502 hours. 4 questions from a choice of 10.1-5Verbal


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group PresentationIndividual Presentation with commentary (approx 2000 words)6-10July/August
Individual AssignmentFour short articles - 2500 words in total2,3,5,8 & 9July/August
ExamResit examination (2 hours)1-5August


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Compulsory Text:

Taylor, S (ed) (2018): Theory and practice of management. Custom published text. Harlow, Prentice Hall.

Additional reading:

Daft, R & Marcic D. (2012) f Management: The New Workplace. International Edition., Mason, OH: South Western

Dicken, P. (2014) Global Shift: Managing the Changing Contours of the World Economy, Seventh Edition, London: Sage.

Extensive lecture notes are provided on a weekly basis with recommended further reading.

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Students are expected to keep up to date with contemporary issues for Business and Management by accessing current (and historical) news and opinion articles from reputable international sources and referencing these appropriately.  The BBC news websites would be examples of this.  Management journals aimed at practising managers rather than researching academics like Management Today and the Director in the UK may also prove useful but should only be investigated once the core material has been understood.

Key words search

Management theory, management structures

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

Cannot be taken with BEA1005 or BEM1016

NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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