Please note that the modules listed below are for students starting the programme in September 2020.
This module will provide an in-depth understanding of the broad range of theory, research, and practice in organizational behaviour for the adoption of appropriate policies and leadership styles. This will include understanding individual differences, motivational factors, ethics, group dynamics, patterns and negotiation practices which can mediate the functioning of an organisation. The module will analyse a range of case studies to illuminate the different work patterns, practices and behaviour both at individual, group and organisational levels. Students will gain an awareness and knowledge of contemporary issues and approaches to organisational change and development facing organizations. Beyond providing theoretical frameworks, the module will augment skills to prepare students for the work place through communication and team management skills, and through analytical and critical thinking skills.
This module will explore various theoretical approaches used to explain what markets managers choose to compete within, why and how. We will begin by examining the traditional competitive positioning and resource-based views, and critically evaluate their appropriateness in an increasingly networked, globalised, digitised and fluid competitive environment. We will then go on to consider more contemporary approaches to strategic management, such as the importance of strategy process, strategy as practice, scenario planning, business ecosystems, behavioural approaches, and the role of leadership. In particular, the emphasis on business ecosystems will allow students to appreciate the internal and transnational nature of strategic management with specific reference to the European context and European businesses. Nonetheless, throughout the course we will also examine a variety of organisational contexts, assessing the extent to which firm strategy models may be applicable to public sector, voluntary, entrepreneurial or other types of organisations.
The dissertation forms an important part of the assessment of the MSc Programmes, carrying a weighting of four modules i.e. one third of the entire Programme. The dissertation requires a demonstration of ability to carry out an original investigation into an area of interest. As such, the process should reflect skills of formulating research questions, synthesising and analysing data, drawing insights and conclusions, and written communication. Students will be required to conduct an investigation of an issue relevant to the content of the Programme of which it forms a component. Students will be guided through the dissertation process by a supervisor. To prepare you for the dissertation, students are required to take the compulsory Research Methods module.
The module addresses a range of interconnected topics such as: The evolution of the accounting conceptual framework and the centrality of managers reporting to investors, shareholders and government; The range of financial statements (as specified by IAS1): income, cash, changes in equity and balance sheet; Comprehensive income statement (recognizing holding gains); Applications of Cost Volume Profit Analysis on Management Accounting and implications on decision making; Cost Allocation using Traditional methods and Activity Based Costing ; Strategic Investment Decisions: How companies use accounting information in order to make important decisions; Budgeting and Variance Analysis; Performance Evaluation: How business evaluate business units¿ performance; Presentation of different techniques, Performance Evaluation: EVA vs Balanced Scorecard.
This module is meant to provide an outlook on marketing as a sub-discipline of management studies. It is providing students on the MSc in Management a with a theoretical foundation of theories and concepts of marketing management which allows them in their subsequent studies to understand and situate more specialised aspects of marketing (e.g. consumer behaviour, social and political marketing, or business relationships and networks). Special emphasis is given to understanding current academic debates in the field. This means students are expected to read articles independently in leading marketing journals.
The module will provide a foundation in Research Methods for students for their dissertations. It will instruct them in how to put together a research proposal, how to draw out objectives of research, how to undertake literature reviews, how to assess suitable research methods to use. In terms of research methods, the course covers both qualitative methods such as case studies, questionnaires, surveys and interview techniques and an introduction to quantitative methods and data analysis. By the end of the course students will know how to put together their own research proposal and will have done some preliminary analysis of literature, assessment of data required and methods to be used.