COM 1504 Introduction to Management


This is an introductory course on basic concepts and theoretical foundations of Management. This is very diverse field, which integrate knowledge and techniques from varies other disciplines like sociology, psychology, anthropology, mathematics, and engineering. Therefore understanding Management requires an interdisciplinary thought process. Management with its own set of knowledge and line of thinking. It is fundamental theorem of learning that “one will understand something new on the basis of what he knows at the moment’’ hence it is necessary to understand basic concepts of any subject if one is to learn advanced theories and concepts.

  • To understand what management is, who managers are, managerial roles, develop managerial skills.
  • To summarize and critique theories of Management.
  • To distinguish among the micro, macro and internal environment.
  • To describe the place of goals and goal setting in the planning process.
  • Understand the building block of an organization.
  • Diagnosing human behavior and analyzing as to why people behave in a particular way.
  • Enhance knowledge about anticipate change, exploit opportunities, motivate followers to higher level of performance.
  • Understand the process of communication, barriers, and strategies to overcome those effectively.
  • Ability to play a crucial role as controller in a dynamic unpredictable global business world.
  • Solve business problems involving simple ordinary annuities.

1. Introduction
1.1 Organizations and their internal dynamics
1.2 Why we need organizations
1.3 Types of organization
1.4 Management and its role
1.5 What is business/
1.6 Efficiency, effectiveness and productivity
1.7 Types of managers
1.8 Role of managers
1.9 Requirements to be a better manager
1.10 Social responsibility
1.11 Organization environment

2. Evolution of Management thought
2.1 Development of management theories
2.2 Classical approach
2.3 Behavioral approach
2.4 Management science school
2.5 Systems approach
2.6 Contingency approach

3. Decision making
3.1 Decision making situations
3.2 Decision making styles
3.3 Rational decision making process

4. Planning
4.1 Significance of planning
4.2 Process of planning
4.3 Types of plans
4.4 Benefits of planning

5. Organizing
5.1 Process of organizing
5.2 Organizational structure
5.3 Organizational chart
5.4 Factors affecting the structure
5.5 Informal organization
5.6 Coordination
5.7 Span of control
5.8 Power, influence and authority

6. Leading
6.1 Leadership
6.2 Contingency theory
6.3 Likerts system approach
6.4 Communication
6.5 Communication process
6.6 Principles of communication
6.7 Barriers of communication
6.8 Motivation
6.9 Process of Motivation
6.10 Theories of Motivation

7. Controlling
7.1 Process of controlling
7.2 Controlling methods and techniques
7.3 Essentials of effective control system

Lectures, seminars, course manuals, workshops, assignments, self study.

  1. Griffing, R.W. (2006), Management, 10th Edition, South – Western College Pub.
  2. Stoner, F. and Gilbert Jr (2003). Management, 6th Edition Prentice Hall of India.