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TITLE Introduction to Business Management

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course




This course introduces the study of management as a logically structured professional discipline. It explores management's underlying functions and premises, its relevance to organisations, as well as the needs managers must address. Students are encouraged to apply course material to current management issues.

Students journey through the past examining the evolution of management thinking from the classical schools to today's management techniques, assessing their relevance, contribution and underlying links.

The dynamic internal and external environments that affect and challenge the practice of management are defined, and the concept of organisations as 'open systems' introduced. Stakeholders are treated and other societal issues related to an organisation's function, are explored.


The course sets off defining Management, Managers and Organisations, also covering managerial roles and responsibilities. The key functions of management as well as required competencies and skills for effective management are treated. An overview of strategy and the underlying importance of communication in the changing context of managerial work is given. The evolution of management thought is delved into, as is the 'professionalisation' of management and other modern management techniques. The organisation is then placed in its context and the dimensions and implications of its environment are explored.

Recommended Texts

- Hellriegel, D., Jackson, S., and Slocum, J. 2002. Management: A Competency-Based Approach. 9th ed. Ohio : South-Western / Thomson Griffin, R. W. 2001. Management. 7th ed. Boston : Houghton Mifflin
- Hartley, R. F. 2003. Management Mistakes and Successes. 7th ed. New York : John Wiley & Sons.

For students to apply course material to current issues, promoting critical evaluation and debate, regular review of management journals and publications is recommended.

Suggested periodicals include:

- The Economist
- Financial Times
- Malta Business Weekly

ADDITIONAL NOTES Please note that the method of assessment for this study-unit will be confirmed at the beginning of the semester.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment [See Additional Notes] No 15%
Examination [See Additional Notes] (2 Hours) Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Nathaniel P. Massa

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