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Critical Management in a Global Context

Module code: CORP 5068

Module description

The module intends to bring students' attention to the historical roots of management and organisations. To provide a portfolio of ideas that will allow students to gain a deep insight into the theoretical underpinnings of management and organisations, and to encourage students to think critically and independently about contemporary issues related to the management of organisations.

In the 20th century we witnessed the emergence of large-scale organisations as a central feature of human society in many countries. The dominance of these institutions spread beyond the actual workplace influencing not only the ways that we organise work but also life in general. We are born, learn, work, play and even die in organisations. This module therefore aims to examine the implications of this 'organisational society' by critically reflecting on the ways that organisations influence how we relate to ourselves and other people within organisations and beyond.

Furthermore, the concept of 'management' is spreading in almost every aspect of our lives, e.g. self-management, time management, managing the home, and managing our emotions. Although management is often portrayed as a neutral and objective activity, this module urges us to look more closely at the political dimension of management in order to help us understand the complexities of managing and of organisational life.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Tutorials: 12 hours

Assessments

  • Group presentation: 30%
  • Exam: 70%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

 
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