Management: perspective and practice
In this free course, Management: perspective and practice, you will be studying different ways to think about understanding organisations and approaches to managing the people who work within them.
The theories and models in this course look at the organisational context (the ‘organisation’, the ‘context’ and the ‘wider environment’ of) and helps you to begin to answer the question:
How does my organisation context and environment affect my management practice?
This course is comprised of:
- discussing ways that organisational theorists have characterised organisational structures and cultures, and the impact of different national cultures on organisational practice and ways in which managers might make sense of these
- a short pre-reading activity asking you to think about a problem/opportunity situation in your own context, to see how these theories and models are both relevant and irrelevant to your own management practice.
Creative problem solving
- developing your skills in creative problem solving by learning some techniques based on systems theory
- learning how to use case studies and their analysis to better understand and apply the ideas you are studying.
- thinking more closely about your organisation’s culture and how you can use metaphors to better understand the way organisations work.
Enrol to get a record of achievement
By enrolling on this course and setting up a free Open University account you can track your progress in My OpenLearn. When you’ve finished you can print off the free activity record to demonstrate your learning.
This course is an adapted extract of the course.