This course introduces students to key theoretical perspectives to deepen their understanding of how organisations operate and are managed. Students are encouraged to use these perspectives in different ways to analyse organisations. In particular, the course explores how the perspectives relate to and can be used to analyse management styles and conflict. The course also introduces metaphors, such as cultures and machines, as a method for analysing organisations. The intention of the course is to encourage students to critically reflect upon how they understand organisations and to recognise that the same organisation may be seen by different people in different ways, which impacts on how they in turn understand and attempt to manage them.