Management & Organisations

The aim of this module is to familiarise international learners with the theory, principles, practices, roles and functions of management and organisations in the Irish business environment.

On successful completion of this module learners should be able to: 

  1. Identify various definitions and theories of management, recognise their subtleties and appreciate their historical development and the fundamentals of their corporate   implementation.
  2. Label, describe and apply management tools such as PESTEL and SWOT Analysis, Porters Five Forces and Value/Supply chain concepts.
  3. Define and discuss, using clear corporate examples, key management disciplines such as: organisational structures and culture, leadership, team-working, ethics and CSR, decision making and conflict resolution.
  4. Explain how the implementation of traditional management functions, tools and disciplines is influenced by organisational structure, culture and internal and external environments.


Course Content:

Session 1

History of Management: economic, political and social factors which have shaped Irish management theory and practice.

Session 2

The External Environment: political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legislative forces impacting on organisational performance.

Session 3

Understanding Organisations: types; structures, ownership; values;styles of management; development of public and private sectors.

Session 4

Planning Function of Management: environmental scanning; forecasts/assumptions; strategic, tactical and operational planning; decision making; monitoring and evaluation; establishing objectives;  strategic planning; business planning;  sales and marketing planning; manpower planning; project management.

Session 5

Leadership Function of Management: leadership styles and attributes; analysis of effective leadership; motivation; communication; managing change.

Session 6

Human Resource Management Function of Management: organisational structure and allocation of human resources;manpower and succession planning; recruitment, selection, remuneration, appraisal, training, promotion.

Session 7

Control Function of Management: setting and communication of objectives; measuring performance against goals and plans.

Session 8

Coordinating Function of Management:  coordinating and optimising human, physical and financial resources of the organisation.

Session 9

Contemporary Issues in Management: the role and power of organisation; globalisation; workplace diversity; ethics/governance;  the changing nature of employment – concept of the psychological contract.

Session 10

Exam Preparation: Syllabus overview, learning objectives reviewed, exam technique, study methods.

Reading Lists and Other Resources

Textbook / Journal based Resources

Linehan, Margaret. Make that Grade: Management, 2nd ed. Gill and Macmillan, 2007

Tiernan, Siobhan D, Morley, Michael & Foley, Edel. Modern Management.

Gill and Macmillan, 2006

Case Studies

Irish Times Business 2000 Series


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