module specification

MN6066 - The Practice of Management (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24, but may be subject to modification
Module title The Practice of Management
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
24 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Coursework 30%   15-minute Team Presentations on Critical Management Studies (CMS)
Coursework 30%   Pairs Report on Corporate Governance, 2,500 words
Coursework 40%   Individual Personal Development Plan (PDP), 2,000 words
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This final-year core module “The Practice of Management” aims to enable students to:

study and apply a range of management theories and techniques to critically evaluating their personal development and management style
study and apply a range of management theories and techniques to critically analyse large PLCs, plus to wider global issues. 

The Module will be based around two themes:
(i) Theme 1: Personal and Academic Development, where they will study, reflect on, and use management theories and techniques to assess their own qualities and career ambitions.  By doing this, students will be closely engaging with and evaluating classic and contemporary theorists, and directly applying the ideas from these theorists to their own experience. 
(ii) Theme 2: Professional Development, where they will study, analyse, and evaluate the management and performance of large corporations, and, looking ahead, consider these corporations in light of the UN’s Global Sustainability Goals 2030, justifying ways in which their selected PLCs will need to be strategically re-aligned and managed internally in order to contribute to these long-term external goals.  By doing this, students will be closely engaging with and evaluating management and business strategy and performance, and creatively re-designing corporate strategy to contribute to wider social, political, and cultural objectives.

Each theme will conclude with an assignment: Theme 1 will conclude with an individual formative assignment, and Theme 2 will conclude with a pairs-based summative assignment.  Once complete, this Module aims to enable students to understand a long-term timeline.  Firstly, students will ‘look back’ and be exposed to classic and contemporary texts, theories, and techniques, which they will apply to their personal and professional development.  Secondly, they will ‘look forward’ and evaluate how contemporary PLCs can contribute to future wider global socio-political objectives, namely the UN’s Global Sustainability Goals 2030, which will strengthen their professional development.

Prior learning requirements



The Module will be divided into two themes: (i) Theme 1: Personal and Academic Development, and (ii) Theme 2: Professional Development.  A long-term time will provide a link between the two themes. LO1 

In Theme 1, students will study, reflect on, and use key classic and contemporary management texts (from writers such as Drucker, Mintzberg, and Amabile), case studies, and academic articles, which they will then directly apply to their own performance and intended career. LO2 

In Theme 2, students will look ahead to studying and reflecting on the UN’s Global Sustainability Goals 2030, and consider how contemporary corporations can contribute to these goals. 

Classes in both Themes will be student-centred, and will contain tasks, exercises, close readings (of academic articles, company websites, annual reports, journalism / media articles), discussions, presentations, activities, videos, feed-back, and feed-forward, designed around preparing students for the assignments LO1, LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching will involve sessions which will include formal lectures, student-led sessions, workshops, seminars, discussions, presentations, online readings and tasks, and formative tasks.  All materials and readings are available online, directly building blending learning directly into the Module.

Theme 1 will conclude with a formative task, for which the students will receive written and verbal feedback to reflect on, and will feed directly into the Theme 2 summative assignment.  Students will receive ‘feed-forward’ for the summative assignment, followed by written and verbal feedback after submission.  These activities will allow students to reflect on their learning style and academic performance on this Module and on other Modules also.

These class and online activities will contribute directly to the student’s Personal and Professional Development  (PDP), as Theme 1 is based around Personal Development, and Theme 2 is based around Professional Development

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Module, students will be able to:

LO1: Identify, reflect on, and evaluate their own strengths, abilities, and performance, and the impact of them in relation to their future management style, employability and career. 

LO2: Critically evaluate and re-design the internal management and performance of large corporations in order to contribute to external long-term global sustainable goals.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to enhance students learning in relation to the three learning outcomes. There are three assessment points.

The first (Week 10) is a 15-minute team presentation based on a Critical Theory (CT) of their choice, applied to a PLC or corporation of their choice, in order to critically asses the socio-cultural issues in corporate business

The second assessment (Week 19) is a 2,500-word pairs / twos report, where the students select two PLCs and asses the performance of these PLCs in light of corporate governance

The final assessment point (Week 27) is a 2,000-word individual Personal Development Plan (PDP), where the students reflect on their own career and ambitions, based on a range of psycho-metric tests

The three assignments have been spaced across the duration of the Module to allow sufficient time for assignment preparation completion, marking, and feedback


Core (all either online or will be made available online with PDFs):
Amabile, T, and Kramer, SJ (2011) The Power of Small Wins, Harvard Business Review, see:

Davis, J (2018) Management Education for Sustainable Development, Stanford Social Innovation Review, September 2018, see: 

Drucker, P (2007), The Manager of Tomorrow, pp. 320-330, from Drucker, P (2007) The Practice of Management, 2nd Edition, Routledge (PDF to be made available online)

Mintzberg, H (2018) How Experienced Practice Can Inform Management Education: Personal experience is central to the education and development of managers, Stanford Social Innovation Review, September 2018, see:

Rogers, C (1954) Towards a Theory of Creativity, pp. 137-151 from Vernon, P (ed) (1970) Creativity, Penguin Modern Psychology (PDF to be made available online)

London Stock Exchange, FTSE All-Share, see:

London Stock Exchange, FTSE Alternative Invest Market (AIM) All-Share, see:

United Nations (UN) Global Sustainability Goals, 2030, see:

British Journal of Management, see:

International Journal of Management Reviews, see:

Journal of Management Education, see: