Unit description

This unit canvasses various management techniques and places them within the broader context of management fashion, fads and problematic consulting advice. Several well-established techniques are examined and subjected to critical evaluation with a view to understanding their merits and limitations and the circumstances in which they can usefully be applied.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to the unit
Topic 2 The evolution of “best Practice”
Topic 3 Hard (finance and systems) versus soft (learning, culture and HRM) approaches
Topic 4 Pert and risk analysis techniques
Topic 5 Forecasting and Delphi practices
Topic 6 Just-in-time and total quality control
Topic 7 Business process re-engineering and down-sizing
Topic 8 High performance teams and continuous improvement
Topic 9 Out-sourcing and partnerships
Topic 10 ICT in productivity management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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