BME 1501 Introduction to Management

Course Code BME 1501
Course Title Introduction to Management
Number of Credits 5
Academic Year 1

In the contemporary world, management is considered as the organ of the society, specifically responsible in utilizing the resources productively. This course is regarded as the major course in the first year of the degree curricula. Hence, the course intends to equip students with a comprehensive introduction to management principles, theories and practice, which are essential to shape and drive contemporary business organisations for superior performance.

  • Help students to build a sound framework for further studies in business and management.

Students who comprehend this course will be able to enhance their understanding and knowledge of the areas of evolution of management thought, the nature of managerial work in organizations, organization’s environment and its impact on stakeholders, the process of management and emerging issues in management.

At the end of completion of this course, students must be able to;

  • Understand the nature of management and its importance to society, organizations and individuals.
  • Explain the historical context of management and its relationship to management theory.
  • Explore the nature of the organizational environment and its impact on stakeholders.
  • Distinguish among the basic management functions in organizations.
Main Topics Sub Topics No. of Hours
1. Introduction to organizations and management




1.1  Define organizations and different perspectives

1.2  Business organization

1.3  Define management

1.4  Efficiency, effectiveness and productivity

1.5  Managerial roles, functions and skills

1.6  Organization’s environment

1.7  Stakeholders ,ethics and social responsibility

2. Evolution of management thought


2.1  The Classical approach to management

2.2  Behavioral approach to management

2.3  Quantitative approach to management

2.4  System approach to management

2.5  Contingency approach to management

2.6 Contemporary management approaches


3. Decision making and Problem solving



3.1  Define problems, decisions and decision making

3.2  Difference between decision making and problem solving

3.3  Relationship between information and decision making

3.4  Types of managerial decisions

3.5  Decision making conditions

3.6  Decision making styles

3.7  The rational decision making process

3.8  Bounded rationality, intuition and decision   making




4. Planning



4.1  Define planning

4.2  Importance of planning as a managerial function

4.3  Types of plans in an organization

4.4  The planning process

4.5  Benefits of Planning

4.6 Barriers for effective planning

5. Organizing



5.1  Organizing as a managerial function

5.2  Organizational structure and Chart

5.3  Structural elements

5.4  Principles of organizing

5.5  Types of structures

5.6  Organizing trends

5.7 Groups, teams and committees

6. Leading



6.1  The nature of leadership

6.2  Power and influence

6.3  Leaders Vs Managers

6.4  Leadership theories

6.5 New  trends in leadership

7.Motivating employees



7.1  Define motivation

7.2  Motivation as a process

7.3  Content theories of motivation

7.4  Process theories of motivation

7.5Implication of motivation theories in organizations

8. Communication



8.1  Define communication

8.2  Process of communication

8.3  Forms of communication

8.4  Types of communication

8.5  Effective communication

8.6  Barriers to effective communication

8.7  How to improve communication

8.8 Current and future trends in communication








9. Controlling


9.1  Define managerial control

9.2  Controlling process

9.3  Types of control

9.4  Qualities of an effective control  system

9.5 Behavioral implications of control and how to overcome them

10.Emerging trends in management      10.1 Gender in Organization

10.2 Managing diversity

10.3 Networks and inter organizational relations

10.4 Encouraging creativity and innovation in organization


Final examination will be conducted

  • Draft,L.R. (2012) New Era of Management, 10th Edition, Cengage Learning.
  • Robbins, S.P. and Coulter, M.(2010) Management, 10th Edition, Prentice Hall.

Stoner,J.A.F.,Freeman,R.E. and Gilbert,D,R. (2009) Management, 6th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall.