Management Theories and Systems Thinking

Course description

This course examines advanced topics in management theory and practices. It focuses on current management theory and practice, managerial roles and responsibilities, investigation and review of historical foundations and approaches, managerial functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and leading, and controlling. Individual and group motivation, communication models, organizational influence and leadership, group behavior, design of organizations, matrix management, and formal and informal power systems are some of the topics covered. The course also includes understanding of human behavior and the impact of demographic diversity on organizations, defines the basic tasks of the manager in establishing the work environment, making decisions, setting strategy, allocating resources and executing programs. Drawing on a wide variety of readings and cases, the course is designed to provide behavioral, as well as intellectual learning.

Course outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Understand the concepts of management
• Learn the management school of thought
• Describe theories of management, classical and behavioral
• Describe managerial functions
• Understand leadership concepts and theories
• Understand systems thinking in management
• Understand decision-making theoretical foundation

Course contents

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🔽 0 h 48 min | Overview of Management
  • Basic concepts of management
  • Managerial skills and level
  • Organizational mission, vision and objectives
🔽 0 h 59 min | The Management School of Thought and Theories of Management
  • Pre-classical or pioneering ideas in management
  • Classical theories of management
  • Behavioral theories of management
  • Modern management theories
  • Principle of management
🔽 1 h 08 min | Managerial Functions
  • Managerial functions (planning, organizing, controlling and leading)
  • Decision making
  • Types of decision making
🔽 1 h 08 min | Leadership Concepts
  • Leadership
  • Theories of leadership
  • Theories of motivation
🔽 0 h 39 min | Systems Thinking in Management
  • Systems thinking
  • The building blocks of systems thinking
  • System dynamics
  • Deepening systemic appreciation
🔽 0 h 52 min | Decision-Making Theoretical Foundation
  • Decision making
  • Types of decision
  • Decision-making steps


This course includes:

    5 h 14 min recorded video

    Downloadable resources (books and articles)

    One year access

    Access on mobile and TV

    Advanced Level

    Certificate of completion


1 year of access
This course does not have any sections.
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