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Organisations have refined the ability to survive and grow through division of labour, hiring of individuals, quality measurement and more generally coordination of a multiplicity of efforts towards a common outcome. The concepts underpinning these processes have not appeared all formed; they rest on psychological, epistemological and moral assumptions that have informed their theoretical and practical developments. A study of these foundational assumptions leads to insights into the significance and relevance of the concepts and practices that managers are supposed to apply and which form, for better or worse, their daily reality.
The aim of the subject is to provide you with various lenses of understanding that will enable you to analyse better the concepts that you have studied at ICMS and that you are supposed to apply as managers. This will be achieved through: An overview of the origin of the main management and organisation theories; Critical discussion of the idea that management is or should be a science; A focus on psychology, as this discipline is having an ever-increasing influence in management theory and practice, be it through the fields of Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources Management or Marketing; and, A critical analysis of management language; An analysis of the role of power, authority and freedom in organisations.
a) Apply advanced and integrated mainstream management concepts in their respective historical and intellectual contexts.
b) Critique contradictions in popular management theories and how these impact present day managerial practices.
c) Critique management language and the cultural factors that impact management theories and their evolution.
d) Exhibit critical thinking, objective learning, and communication skills, and integrate persuasive arguments based on management theories and practices.