Management, Organisations and Work: Key Issues and Debates

This module aims to provide you with a broad introduction to management covering a wide range of topics that are relevant to work, business and organisations.

The module begins by exploring the basis of all management activities – human resource management and development which fundamentally contributes to the development of employee-engaged and productive organisations. The module is constructed to encourage you to think critically and to reflect upon taken-for-granted assumptions about the world of work and management’s role in relation to it.

As a means to achieve this, the second part of the course introduces different metaphors through which we can understand and analyse organisations.

The final part of the module continues this theme of encouraging critical reflection and explores key issues and debates related to technology, globalization, sustainability and ethics that are intimately related to management. Many of these debates and issues will be explored in greater depth in subsequent OWT modules (e.g. OWT.226 Management and Information Technology, OWT.328 Work and Employment Relations).