Leadership success starts with Management
Great leaders, great entrepreneurs, great business people, even great bosses, all have one thing in common – great management skills!
These skills are used in everything we do and in every type of job. If you are process-oriented, a “people person”, a long-term planner or a deep and meaningful thinker, studying Management at Otago will equip you with skills and knowledge that will kick-start your career, and help you succeed in making businesses and organisations flourish.
Management at Otago is focused on leadership, communications, employment relations, human resource management, organisational behaviour, entrepreneurship, international management, strategy and innovation, operations management and organisational theory.
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Why study Management?
Even if you end up as a surgeon, rock-star, business consultant or fighter pilot, your career will surely involve working in organisations. In any job, your effectiveness will depend on how adept you are at understanding your organisation and your ability to accomplish goals and objectives. You will also need a good appreciation of how staff behave, of power and influence, and of the nature of leadership.
New Zealand is one of the smallest, most isolated countries on earth. For that reason, we work extra hard at connecting to the global economy and producing graduates who can deal with the complexity of our world.If you wish to understand more about how to effectively conduct business in a national context, and learn about the global business system and the giant global corporations that run it, then Management at Otago should be your number one choice.
Maybe you aim to be your own boss – self- employed, an entrepreneur, or head your own company. These are the people who most need the models, insights and answers we have to offer. Our department has key contacts across private and public sectors and leading experts in the field delivering authentic, evidence-based learning.
There are no formal prerequisites to study Management at 100-level. Because of the importance of communication, NCEA English is a useful background subject.
Our graduates can be found in a range of jobs in private business, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, health care providers, applied science and technology companies, and arts and leisure management companies, while others form their own entrepreneurial startup companies.
Often students will complement their Management degree with another degree, major or minor from Arts, Law or Science to enhance their career prospects and marketability to employers.
Recent graduates have gained the following jobs:
- Project manager
- Marketing Research Analyst
- Employment Advocate
- Retail Customer Experience Specialist
- Marketing Communications Manager
- Strategy and Operations Analyst
- Consultant and IT Recruitment
- HR Consultant
Recent employers include: Spark, Shell/Z, Westpac, Mainfreight, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, and Deloitte.
Student exchange offers a golden opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone, experience new places and perspectives and add something exceptional to your CV. The University of Otago has exchange agreements with more than 100 institutions worldwide. If your marks average B or better, you may qualify to attend one
of these institutions for one semester or for a year. You pay only your New Zealand fees and complete your qualification within the same timeframe as if you’d never been away.
Commerce students are also encouraged to participate in one of the more than 50 specific business exchanges the Otago Business School offers.
Management at Otago
Management is a major in the three-year Bachelor of Commerce degree programme. At Otago, we add our own perspectives
to the study of management, offering you insights to a wide range of disciplines. You will learn what it means to be a manager and how to apply managerial principles.
As part of your Management major you will study BSNS 111 Business and Society, and MANT 101 Managing for Performance.
This is a foundation for all areas of Management:
- Business Communications
- Employment Relations
- Human Resource Management
- International Management
- Operations Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Strategy and Innovation
- Supply Chain
Many students do a double major or double degree, such as a BCom in Management and a Bachelor of Laws. Other students choose to study Management papers to enhance their other degrees or other Commerce majors. Management can also be one of the two majors that comprise a BACom or BComSc combined degree.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)
- Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
- Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)
- Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons))
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom)
- Master of Commerce (MCom)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Management
MANT 101 Managing for Performance
BSNS 111 Business and Society
BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study
MANT 250 Managing People
MANT 251 Managing Organisations
One further 200-level MANT paper
|300-level||Four 300-level MANT papers||72|
126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.
Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must normally be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.
STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Management
No new enrolments will be accepted for this subject for 2024.
Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Management
Master of Commerce (MCom) in Management
Minor subject requirements
Management as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BEntr, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree
Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree
MANT 101 Managing for Performance
|Above 100-level|| |
MANT 250 Managing People, or MANT 251 Managing Organisations
Three further MANT papers including at least one at 300-level
|Paper code||Year||Title||Points||Teaching period|
|MANT101||2023||Managing for Performance||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT217||2023||International Management||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT222||2023||Interpersonal/International Business Communication||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT250||2023||Managing People||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT251||2023||Managing Organisations||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT252||2023||Developing Responsible Leadership||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT301||2023||Managing Innovation and Growth||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT303||2023||Entrepreneurship||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT330||2023||Leadership and Change||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT331||2023||Business Ethics||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT332||2023||International Management||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT333||2023||Operational Excellence||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT334||2023||Operations and Supply Chain Strategy||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT337||2023||Organisations and Sustainability||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT338||2023||Cases in Strategy and Innovation||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT339||2023||Human Resource Development||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT340||2023||Indigenous Management and Organisation||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT342||2023||Global Business Strategy||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT343||2023||Negotiation and Dispute Resolution||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT345||2023||Strategic Human Resource Management||18 points||Semester 2|
|MANT346||2023||Employment Relations||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT347||2023||Occupational Psychology||18 points||Semester 1|
|MANT358||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT359||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT360||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT361||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT370||2023||Management Practicum||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|MANT414||2023||Research Process||20 points||Semester 1, 1st Non standard period|
|MANT437||2023||Organisations and Sustainability||20 points||Semester 1, 1st Non standard period|
|MANT443||2023||Special Topic||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT447||2023||Contemporary Issues in Sustainable Business||20 points||Semester 2, 1st Non standard period|
|MANT450||2023||Governance and Social Responsibility||20 points||Semester 2, 1st Non standard period|
|MANT451||2023||Strategic Change and Innovation||20 points||Semester 1, 1st Non standard period|
|MANT452||2023||Negotiation and Conflict Resolution||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT453||2023||Human Resource Management||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT455||2023||Leadership Development||20 points||1st Non standard period|
|MANT456||2023||Operations Excellence||20 points||Semester 2|
|MANT459||2023||Indigenous Management & Organisation (Advanced)||20 points||Semester 2|
|MANT461||2023||Employment Relations||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MANT471||2023||International Business Strategy||20 points||Semester 1|
|MANT472||2023||Managing International Organisations||20 points||Semester 2|
|MANT480||2023||Dissertation or Case Study||40 points||Full Year|
|MANT501||2023||Applied Project||40 points||1st Non standard period, 3rd Non standard period, 4th Non standard period|
|MANT580||2023||Research Project||40 points||1st Non standard period|
Key information for future students
Department of Management
Otago Business School