Management Issues and Controversies MGT5264

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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 using recent case studies 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.


The course will be organised in 5 units and delivered over 5 weeks. A blended approach comprising both asynchronous (online) and synchronous (on campus face-to-face) components is adopted for the delivery.

■ A total of about 10 hours of recorded lectures and related materials, that is, approximately 2 hours per unit, will be made available on the Moodle course site for asynchronous learning by students.

■ Three (3) 2-hour face-to-face tutorial session for group activities will be organised and delivered.

■ A total of 2 1-hour live seminars will be conducted.

Requirements of Entry

As per Management Specialist MSc Finance and Management

Excluded Courses





The summative assessment will consist of two individual written essays with the first to be submitted accounts for 25% and the second 75% of the total grade of the course.

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:


1. Identify the most intensely controversial aspects of contemporary management and leadership

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

3. Evaluate competing claims and the influence of different perspectives notably shareholder vs stakeholder theory to explore controversial issues arising from leadership failures in terms of ethical considerations and legal requirements. Many controversies arise due to corporations' questionable decision making, as well as internal and external cultural issues that prove damaging to the enterprise. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.