MGTU9S2: The Management Challenge: An Introduction

Semester:  Spring

Level:   8

Credit Value:  20

Module Coordinator:  Christine Wilson, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours:  30 hours

Assessment:  20% seminar work; 30% short essay 50% two-hour examination


  • To provide students with an understanding of why management exists
  • To describe the role of strategy in organisations
  • To establish an understanding of what is meant by ‘marketing’
  • To illustrate the interactions of structure and culture
  • To understand the potential links between HRM practices and organisational strategy and performance
  • To appreciate the challenges associated with change
  • To understand the importance of leadership and its role in motivation
  • To appreciate that effective communications underpins successful management

Learning Outcomes:

  • Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject.
  • Establish the importance of the management role
  • Develop awareness of how the key functions within an organisation interact
  • Apply theories and concepts associated with management and business practice to contemporary contexts and specific case studies
  • Introduce broad approaches to organisation and management

As the second foundation module in your first year, this module seeks to explore some of the challenges facing management.  Key functions for all organisations are those of HRM, Marketing, Operations and Finance. Managers must understand the different demands and constraints associated with the interactions of these different core functions in order to formulate appropriate strategies.

Building on the content of MGTU9S1, this module sets out the importance of strategy and then delivers a range of related topics which together provide an insight into how activities in the different areas of an organisation are interdependent and both influence and challenge management.  Central to these aims are the need for an insight into the functions of the Marketing and HRM functions which this module addresses in some detail.  Included is a basic insight into the main financial statements and an introduction to decision making.  Students will gain an appreciation of the reality of management, with particular focus on the people aspects – for example, managing change, leadership, motivation, and performance management.   

The above aims to emphasise the importance of the management activity, and that management is not simply a ‘job title’ but a challenging and demanding process.


This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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