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Management: perspective and practice

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What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This course, Management: perspective and practice, introduces you to the role of the manager. In this OpenLearn course you’ll look at an array of activities including leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.


What Will You Learn?

  • After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • appreciate how organisational structure and culture contribute to management control in organisations
  • think about how to analyse an organisation in this respect
  • understand an organisation’s characteristics and how they might impact on management practices.

Course Content


  • Introduction
  • Learning Outcomes

Exploring ideas

Understanding organisations

Organisational Culture

Creative problem solving
The next cluster of activities will give you some tools and techniques for untangling the complexity of this subject. Organisations and management present complex issues and, despite the usefulness of models and frameworks, the number of different perspectives one can use to view them can make them seem insurmountable. In this section, you will learn about two techniques for creative problem solving (CPS) and develop some skills in using cases for analysis. Case study analysis skills This section provides some initial guidance in reading and analysing case studies. In Activity 3.6 you will do some basic case analysis. Most importantly, the activities in this section are meant to be fun and engaging, and it is hoped that you will find them enjoyable and helpful.

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