Management in Critical Context

Module summary

Module code: BUSI1475
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Module Coordinator(s): Sian Moore


Pre and co requisites



• To attain a critical understanding of the challenges that face practising managers in the complex contemporary operating environment.
• To contribute to the development of a set of analytical skills that equips the contemporary manager for the challenges presented in the contemporary organizational milieu.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of current debates about how, through effective management, organizations interact with and respond to their complex operating environments.
2. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of advanced social science concepts relating to managing and working with people for performance in the contemporary organizational domain.
3. Display a critical awareness of a range of often apparently conflicting and contradictory schools of management and social science thought requiring them to make informed analytical judgement
4. Debate ethical dilemmas and stakeholder conflict related to management practice in the contemporary sphere and be able to debate and seek to resolve them
5. Be intellectually curious, responsive to challenges, and demonstrate initiative and resilience
6. Communicate clearly and effectively, in a range of forms, taking account of different audiences

Indicative content

• The dynamic context of management
• The political economy of globalization
• Rich world, poor world
• Negotiating the networked society
• The firm: structure and design
• The state
• Supranational institutions of governance
• Capitalism and social responsibility
• Sustainability
• Time and temporality
• Governance, management and power
• Social movements and resistance