SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Principles of Management

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year

This course introduces students to the principles of management. It starts by considering organisational objectives and how management functions may be combined to achieve them in the context of a changing business environment. Topics covered include: strategy and planning; financial management; human resource management; organisation; governance; cross cultural management; motivation; innovation and technology; marketing; leadership and control; business ethics; environmental management strategies; the external business environment; price and non-price competition; the regulatory environment. Each of these topics is considered individually before discussing how different management functions combine and interact with each other and with external factors to shape organisational and business performance.  

Each topic is considered in the context of the theoretical and empirical literature using key readings, quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence and cases.

Module sign-up information for non-departmental open option students
  • Required approval: Approval is required from the Law and Social Sciences Faculty Office
  • Required pre-requisite module(s): None
  • Year of study: 2
  • Maximum number of non-departmental students permitted per year: 10
  • Weekly timetable: One lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour)

Further information on open option modules can be found here

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this course, a student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The objectives of organisations
  • The core functions of management 
  • The combination of core functions via strategy and planning
  • The external economic and regulatory environment
  • How internal and external factors combine to shape organisational performance
  • Empirical applications based on quantitative analysis and case studies

Method of assessment

This course is assessed by two essays worth 15% each and 70% by one three hour examination

Suggested reading

Preliminary Reading List:

  • Keitner, R and Cassidy, C (2012) Principles of Management, 12th Edition, South Western College Publishing
  • Strydom, J et al (2011) Principles of Business Management, 2nd edition, OUP, Oxford.
  • Smith, C  et al  (2011) Remaking Management, CUP, Cambridge
  • Monahan, G (2000) Management Decision Making, CUP, Cambridge
  • Steers  et al  (2011) Managing Across Cultures, CUP, Cambridge
  • Kochan, T and Schmalensee, R (2003) Management, MIT Press, Massachusetts
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Academy of management Perspectives
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • British Journal of Management
  • Business Ethics Quarterly
  • California Management Review
  • China Quarterly
  • Corporate Governance and International Review
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
  • Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
  • Economy and Society
  • European Financial Management
  • Financial Accountability and Management
  • Games and economic Behaviour
  • Human Relations
  • International Business Review
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • International Journal of Research in Marketing
  • International Journal of the Economics of Business
  • Journal of Consumer Research
  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Organizational Behaviour
  • Journal of Small Business Management
  • Leadership Quarterly
  • Management Science
  • Marketing Science
  • MIT Sloan Management Review
  • Organization Science
  • Organization Studies
  • Public Administration Review
  • Strategic Management Journal


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