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This free course, Discovering management, introduces you to the role of the manager. It covers management activities looking at leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- use a range of activities, tasks, readings, resources and practical tools, to understand the different dimensions of managing and leading
- utilise practical experience of the key areas of management learning.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Exploring ideas
- 1.1 General theories of management –contrasting approaches
- 1.2 Management as a science versus management as an art
- 1.3 Functional perspectives on management
- 1.4 Stakeholder analysis and management
- 2 Developing capabilities
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
This course does not provide you with final answers about what is involved in being a manager; indeed, it will raise lots of questions. Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity and this course will unpick some of the underlying issues and complexities associated with both thinking about management, and being a practising manager.
This course is comprised of:
- Exploring ideas
- An introduction to some general ideas and theories about the different aspects of management.
- An opportunity for you to engage with some of the underlying issues, values and debates associated with management.
- A process through which you will discover how practising managers draw on ideas and theories as a routine part of their work.
- Developing capabilities
- Some of the practicalities of being a manager and the different sorts of roles managers have to play in different situations.
- The tensions and pressures associated with those roles and responsibilities.
- Tools for making sense of the contexts and environments in which you operate.
This course should introduce you to lots of new things about managing – and explain some old things you thought you already knew. You will also discover more about yourself and identify ways you can enhance your current and future practice and performance as a manager.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.
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Originally published: Friday, 26th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 26th February 2016
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