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MGMT6060 - Contemporary Management

Title: Contemporary Management
Long Title: Contemporary Management
Module Code:MGMT6060
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Business & Management
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: September 2021
Module Coordinator: CAROLINE O REILLY
Module Author: Sharon Lehane
Module Description: This module aims to introduce students to the issues and challenges facing organisations in today's competitive business environment. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding business models, communication, change and ethics as they can impact the management function. This knowledge provides the students with an insight into the demands placed on management in today’s dynamic work environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain and discuss established and emerging business models.
LO2 Explain the issues facing business from an ethical context.
LO3 Discuss the important issues of organisational conflict and change management.
LO4 Compare and contrast business communications in organisations.
LO5 Identify and describe the opportunities and challenges that changing environmental forces present to organisations
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Business Models
Overview of business models e.g. affiliation, crowdsourcing, freemium, hidden revenue, no frills, peer to peer. Elements of a business model; challenges of business model innovation.
Business Ethics
The definition of Business Ethics. Identification of the importance of business ethics, how companies can create an ethical business, the benefits of being an ethical business, discussion of unethical business activity and consequence for unethical companies.
Change and conflict management
Forces of change in the business environment; planned change; managing change; resistance to change; overcoming resistance; conflict management.
Business Communication
The importance of communication in organisations; forms of communication; communication & reputation management & social media, communication and brand building; improving communication effectiveness.
Competitive Environment & Strategy
Porter's competitive forces - existing competition, threat of new competition, substitute products, bargaining power of buyers/suppliers, complementors. Porter's generic strategies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project In groups, students will complete a project on a self chosen real world company. Eg. Discuss the implementation of a business model change within an organisation. 1,2,3 40.0 Week 8
Written Report Students will select a real world company, conduct an external analysis on that organisation and examine contemporary management issues facing the company e.g. emerging business trends, change, ethics, communications. 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based instruction 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Self directed learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Self directed learning 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Gareth Jones and Jennifer George 2016, Contemporary Management, 9th Ed Ed., McGraw Hill Education E-Book available ISBN: 9781259301339. Hardcover - [ISBN: 9780077718374]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • John R. Boatright 2014, Ethics and the Conduct of business, 7th Ed Ed., Pearson Education E-book available ISBN: 9781292036052. Hardcover - [ISBN: 9781292022864]
  • John V. Thill, Courtland L. Bovée. 2017, Excellence in Business Communication, 12th Ed Ed., Pearson Education [ISBN: 9781292156651]
  • John Hayes 2018, The Theory and Practice of Change Management, 5th Ed Ed., Palgrave London [ISBN: 9781352001235]
  • Gareth Jones, Jennifer George 2007, Essentials of Contemporary Management, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 9780071257961]
  • Carmine, Gallo 2014, Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds, Pan MacMillan [ISBN: 9781447261131]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 4 Mandatory
CR_BBUSS_6 Higher Certificate in Business 4 Mandatory

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