Principles of Management

Principles of Management

Principles of Management provides an introduction to the fundamentals of management and how managers can be effective in organizational settings. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Management, this course addresses managing in modern organizations. Videos, games, and other interactive elements motivate students to progress while applying fundamental management concepts. It engages students through a series of hands-on mini-cases involving a fictional sportswear company which help instructors assess students’ mastery of the content.

 

Module 1: Introduction to Management

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a manager
  • Explain how managers handle people (subordinates, peers, superiors, and customers)
  • Discuss the concept of empowered management
  • Outline key management theories

Module 2: The Responsible Manager

  • Explain the importance of business ethics
  • Describe Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its role in corporations today
  • Discuss the concept of sustainability and how it impacts management

Module 3: Organizations and Human Resources

  • Describe the role of Human Resources Management in the organization
  • Explain theories of motivation and the impact of motivation on employees
  • Discuss the importance of training and development to the organization
  • Describe the performance management process
  • Discuss organizational factors including reporting relationships and EEO
  • Explore issues surrounding workforce diversity
  • Describe the recruitment and selection process for new employees
  • Discuss compensation and benefits policies and practices
  • Explain the role of unionization in today’s organizations

Module 4: Operational Aspects of Management

  • Describe the role of operations management (OM) in the organization, including operational planning and control
  • Explain how the basic tools and techniques of quality management are employed in companies
  • Discuss how information technology (IT) management focuses on meeting the information needs of managers
  • Describe the strategic planning and analysis process
  • Explain the importance of employee productivity, managerial productivity, and technology productivity in the organization and how it is achieved

Module 5: Planning and Controlling

  • Discuss the role of business planning in an organization
  • Explain the importance of control in efficient and effective management
  • Describe the basics of project management

Module 6: Making Decisions

  • Outline how organizational structure impacts management
  • Discuss the role of budgeting in an organization
  • Explain different methods of decision-making by managers

Module 7: Leadership

  • Define leadership and explain major leadership theories
  • Discuss the importance of communications for leadership
  • Describe the basics of team leadership
  • Explain the key techniques for meeting the challenges of leading change
  • Discuss approaches to conflict resolution

Module 8: Contemporary Issues

  • Discuss the ways organizations can encourage innovation
  • Explain how companies have adjusted to the emergence of e-business
  • Describe the impact of a changing business environment
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of global business
  • Outline some of the likely management issues of the future