Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Management Issues and Controversies MGT5264

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus 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.


9 x 2 hour class meetings over 3 or 5 weeks

Requirements of Entry

As per Management Specialist MSc Finance and Management


The summative assessment will consist of a 2 hour examination involving a case study 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:


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.