This course offers International Business Communication students a first introduction to the broad field of Organisation and Management. The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the perspective, (basic) concepts, theories, and models of Organisation and Management. In addition, this course will familiarise students with the core activity of organisations: making decisions with regard to products, prices, marketing, logistics, and finance.
Practical application and reflection
In this course, students will apply theoretical knowledge and reflect upon it in two ways:
- For a case study, students are asked to apply a concept, theory and/or model from the course to an empirical case (i.e. an organisation). In the process, students need to reflect critically on the usability of the concept, theory and/or model.
- For the management game, students run their own virtual organisation. By playing the game students learn to apply a number of basic rules of business administration. By reflecting on the consequences of their decisions, they learn how to make better decisions every week.
Students are required to hand in reports for both the case study as well as the management game. Through these reports, students address both an academic as well as management public.
This course requires students to use and develop their skills of individual learning (through an exam) as well as group learning skills (through the case study and management game).
Themes covered in the course include an introduction with regard to:
- The organisational context: Explaining organisational behaviour, Organisations and their environment, and Organisational culture
- Management and organisation: Work design, Elements of organisational structure, Organisation design and Organisation architecture
- Leadership processes: Leadership and Decision making
- Business administration principles: Product-market combination, Pricing, Product life cycle, Logistics and Finance
MC 40 questions with some additional questions.
Please note that keeping up with reading and participating in the sessions and the game will distinctively improve a better understanding of this elaborate field of organisations and management.