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Theory and Practice of Management

Module titleTheory and Practice of Management
Module codeBEP1080
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Mr Greg Blanchfield (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module will introduce you to the major contemporary developments in business and the most influential contemporary management theories, encouraging 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.

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

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 developments in management and organisation studies
  • 2. evaluate the changing characteristics of organisations and explain the causes of key contemporary developments in their management
  • 3. explain the role of the manager in different organisational settings
  • 4. identify the increasing impact of regulation, technology, innovation and sustainability 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

  • Module Introduction and the management process
  • History and evolution of management thinking
  • Globalisation and its impact on organisations
  • The regulatory environment and government policy on business
  • The response of managers to social and demographic change
  •  Individual and organisational performance management and review
  • Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and community
  • Technology, enterprise  and innovation
  • Decision making and ethics
  • Strategic management, leadership and team working
  • Revision week

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
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 22Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 10Tutorials
Independent and group study work to be managed by the student118Independent and group study work to be managed by the student

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutor feedback on draft group presentationsWritten plan of no more than 1,000 words outlining focus of presentation, relevant sources of data and academic literature, roles of individuals within the group and break down of tasks. 1-14Written and verbal

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
Group presentation30Video presentation of a maximum of 10 minutes, with accompanying commentary notes of no more than 1,000 words3, 5-9, 11, 13 14Written and verbal
Examination502 hours1-5, 8, 9Written
Individual report20Individually produced Report of 2000 words length.2, 5, 7, 10, 12Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group presentationPowerPoint slides of presentation along with commentary notes of no more than 1,000 words (30%)3, 5-9, 11, 13, 14July/August
ExamRe-sit examination 50%1-5, 8, 9July/August
Individual reportIndividual report of 2,000 words (20%)2, 5, 7, 10, 12July/August

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components of the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall

A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Compulsory Text:

Taylor, S (ed) (2013): Theory and practice of management. Custom published text. Harlow, Prentice Hall.

Additional  reading: 

Daft, R. (2010) New Era of Management, 9th edition, Mason, OH: South-Western, Cengage.

Dicken, P. (2015). Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. (New York: Guilford).

Fundamentals of Management by Mike Smith. Second Edition. London, McGraw Hill. 2011.


Weekly core text compulsory sections reading list will be given, plus additional optional articles on tutorial

and contemporary topics.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Web based and electronic resources: will be released, as recommended during classes

Key words search

Management theory, management structures

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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