This introductory course provides an overview of the field of management and organizational structure. This course will help develop the knowledge and competence you need to be effective in increasingly complex, global, and adaptive environments. This course will help you gain both knowledge of the principles that underlie effective management and practice in applying that knowledge to demonstrate competence in management. This will be accomplished by introducing participants to the history, lexicon, and practices of management and will entail the use of case studies, interactive exercises, and examinations. This course is highly interactive and focuses on developing your communication skills in management situations.
Field ClassCountry: South Africa
Date: October 12, 2017
The field class will visit the vibrant townships of Cape Town. Students will have the chance to meet with local small business owners from different areas such as financial services, retail, housing, and energy. These business owners demonstrate management practices on a daily basis and will share their challenges and successes in building and managing a business that is central to their livelihood.
This journey is designed to be a personal experience. We will therefore travel in two groups with each group being accompanied by crew-leaders from the township communities. After meeting several of these local business people, all students will meet for a reflection session: What have we learned about how management practices apply in different business contexts? What did we observe that challenged our thinking? Do we reevaluate our beliefs about effective management? Throughout our class we will be accompanied by Nicolas Pascarel and Pierre Coetzer from a local consultancy, Reciprocity, who are experts on good business as a force for positive change in the world.
1. Understand how management practices apply in diverse business contexts.
2. Recognize the role of communication, collaboration, negotiation and teamwork in business operations.
3. Witness how effective management practices can help a business deliver value to employees, customers, and owners.