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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module BUSI45K15: Reframing Management

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI45K15: Reframing Management

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1K607
Tied to N1K507
Tied to N1K307
Tied to N1KL07


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop students’ ability to re-conceptualise management both as a practice and as a site for academic study.


  • Introduction: opening thoughts on crisis
  • Art: metaphor and management
  • Art: images, art and organising
  • Ethics: as virtue
  • Ethics: as practice
  • Process: change and refuting fixity
  • Process: leadership as event
  • Culture: theory and groups
  • Science: Actor Network Theory

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the different possibilities for reframing, recontextualising and reworking management and organising in contemporary societies;
  • Appreciate the advantages and limitations of particular theories and management practices;
  • Be able to evaluate critically different approaches to management studies and appraise future directions.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • Have developed creative, deeper and more challenging ways of understanding organising, based on contemporary theoretical developments;
  • Be able to demonstrate sensitivity to the complexity of social, political, ethical, economic and philosophical issues that shape contemporary management practice.
Key Skills:
    Written communication;
Key Skills:
    Planning, organising and time management;
Key Skills:
    Problem solving and analysis;
Key Skills:
    Using initiative;
Key Skills:
    Computer literacy;
Key Skills:
    Working and presenting in groups;
Key Skills:
    Effectively presenting ideas, concepts and evidence to others in a relevant and timely manner.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Through a combination of lectures, seminars, guided reading and expert clinics addressing key topics in cutting-edge management research, students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable them to develop a thorough understanding of this specialist field of study.
  • The summative assessment of the module, by presentation and written assignment, is designed to test students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their ability to apply it to the analysis of specific issues relating to the study of managing and organising.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 Weekly 1 hour 9
Seminars 9 Weekly 1 hour 9
Expert clinics (to provide support for presentation and essay) 2 Twice during term 2 hours 4
Preparation, project work & reading 128
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Individual written assignment Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written assignment 2500 words (maximum) 100%
Component: Group presentation Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group presentation (resit: individual written assignment of 1000 words based on group presentation) 10 minutes 100%

Formative Assessment:

Individual and group presentations, and seminar discussions

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University