MGS525 - Evolution of Managerial Thought

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Subject Title
Evolution of Managerial Thought

Subject Description
Students in this course will study the origins of ideas and approaches to management, trace their development over time and situate them in their cultural and social context. The course will be organized into five parts, each with a required research component that will enable students to read and review original documents written by key influential figures in the development of management thought at that particular point in history. Students will then determine how their ideas have influenced the actions of some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, idustrialista and founders of well-known organizations. Students will be able to compare and contrast the views of thinkers on various elements that make up the managerial process and see how these ideas have influenced the development of organizations over time and across cultures. Part one examines management before industrializations; Part two examines the industrial revolution; Part three deals with the Classical period until the 1920's; Part four examines the Human Relations School and managerial thought from the '1930s' up to the "1960s"; and Part five takes us into the contemporary period.

Credit Status
One Professional Option credit in the School of Business Management and Centre for Human Resources.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Students will e able to describe some of the key formative ideas and people that have helped to develop the management theory and practice that we take for granted today.

2. Students will articulate differing perspectives on the creation of welath, poverty and the role of the state in regulaating economic growth.

3. Students eill be able to describe, compare and contrast how thinkers have viewed the managment processes of planning, organizing, leading and controlling over time, including:

* Managing human resources
* Managing large organizations
* The division of labour
* The traits of labour
* Motivating employees
* Control of decision making
* Corporate social responsibility
* Control
* Authority
* Planning and Co-ordination
* Leadership
* Organizational change
* Cultural dimensions in work-related values

4. Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize historical thought and contemporary managereial practice.

5. Students will practice peer collaboration and feedback.

6. Students will learn and practice annotation as a research skill.

7. Students will learn and practice critical thinking and critical reading skills.

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