Management Issues and Controversies MGT5264

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course takes an issue-centred approach to encourage reflective learning, critical awareness and self-development. Students are guided through important contemporary issues, concerns and debates as a means of exploring and reviewing their attitudes and orientations to management, leadership and organization.


4 x3 hour lectures plus 2 practical workshops over 5 weeks

Requirements of Entry

As per Management Specialist MSc Finance and Management


Students must be enrolled for MSc in Finance and Management only


The summative assessment will consist of a 2 hour examination requiring 2 questions to be answered from 4 options.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course guides students through a selection of the most important, pressing and controversial topics in management, leadership and organisation. It aims to develop an informed understanding of competing viewpoints, principles and often complex arguments, and encourage students to think critically about the attitudes, orientations and ambitions they bring to their own management learning and development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Identify the most intensely controversial aspects of contemporary management and leadership

■ Explain the significance of contextual conditions, and especially the impact of organizational and environmental turbulence on management issues and controversies

■ Evaluate competing claims and the influence of different perspectives, for example, on leadership failures in the financial or health sectors, the ethical and exploitative use of resources, 'fat cat' salary scandals and accusations of excessive executive remuneration, inequalities of opportunity related to gender or ethnicity, corporate outsourcing, subcontracting and offshoring, 'social dumping' and the use of cheap labour, 'zero hour' contracts and technological controls on staff.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply; students must obtain pass of C3 or better