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Discovering management
Discovering management

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Discovering management

Introduction

This unit 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 unit will unpick some of the underlying issues and complexities associated with both thinking about management, and being a practising manager.

This unit is comprised of:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 unit 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 free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course B716 MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice: www.open.ac.uk/ postgraduate/ modules/ b716 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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