Updated A.Y. 2018-2019

General Management

a.a. 2018/19


1. Intended Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
The course aims to provide undergraduate students with an exhaustive explanation of the classical principles of general management. In particular, the course takes an internationally acknowledged view on the discipline, in that it is based on the systemic approach to management.


Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students: 

1. will have gained both theoretical and practical competences about the main principles regarding general management to date;

2. will have gained appropriate competences on what decisions can ensure the sustainability of firms, in terms of both survival and growth processes.

2. Syllabus

The course will mostly focus its attention on the following teaching areas:

1. Management: Science, Theory, and Practice
2. Management and Society: The External Environment, Social Responsibility, and Ethics
3. Global, Comparative, and Quality Management
4. Essentials of Planning and Managing by Objectives
5. Strategies, Policies and Planning Premises
6. Decision Making
7. The Nature of Organizing, Entrepreneuring, and Reenginering
8. Managing Change through Manager and Organizational Development
9. Leadership
10. The System and Process of Controlling
11. Control Techniques and Information Technology
12. Productivity, Operations Management, and Total Quality Management

On this premise, the updated analytical syllabus of the course is contained in the "teaching materials" section.

3. Teaching Methods

Not only theoretical, the teaching approach is featured by a strong practitioner input, through ‘live’ case discussions (e.g. The Economist, Fortune, Business Week), combined talks with business experts, group presentations and software simulations (i.e. McGraw Hill Practice Operations Management). 


4. Main Textbook
Koontz, H., Weihrich, H. (2017), Essentials of Management. An International, Innovation, and Leadership Perspective, McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing.


4.1. Additional Readings
Abatecola, G., Mandarelli, G., Poggesi, S. (2013), The Personality Factor. A Top Management Teams Make Decisions. A Literature Review, Journal of Management and Governance, 17(4), 1073-1100.

Cafferata, R. (2016), Darwinist Connections between the Systemness of Social Organizations and their Evolution, Journal of Management and Governance, 20(1), 19-44.