The course is designed for students planning to take a management course at a university since it gives a basic introduction to some of the conceptual vocabulary and ideas behind modern theories of management.

The aim of the course is to introduce people to “the forces that have helped define modern management practice and the outcomes of that practice not only for the firm itself, but also for the societies in which they operate.”

About the course

The course uses a wide disciplinary approach - from economics and history to social theory. Thus, it invites students to consider core management strategies from unexpected perspectives in order to judge their success or failure.

The key objectives of the course are to bring into critical focus:

-          how we think about the function and culture of management;

-          how managers understand their role within a firm and how they take decisions;

-          how to set priorities and benchmark success and failure.


-          the function of the firm;

-          the role of incentive;

-          the ways in which narrative forces shape decision making;

-          how market relationships define the managerial culture in ways that can lead to sub-optimal outcomes.

Start Date: April 20, 2015

Professor:  Rolf Strom-Olsen

University: IE Business School

Platform: CourseTalk