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MANT251 Managing Organisations

The theory and practice of organisation, focusing particularly on internal systems and processes of organising people, as well as strategies and consequences of an organisation’s engagement with its external context.

We are all constantly dealing with organisations: we buy things from them; we go to them when we want help; they tell us what to do; and we work in them. An important aim of MANT 251 is to assist you in understanding the organisations that populate your world. With this understanding you will be better-placed to manage your interactions with and within the organisations of your future. The focus in MANT 251 is both internal and external organisation. More specifically, the key objectives are to build your understanding of the internal systems and processes of organising people and other resources, as well as the strategies and consequences of an organisation's interaction with its external environment.

Following an introduction to the paper's purpose, learning objectives and teaching staff, the lectures will focus on strategic management and then operations management. So that we can be mindful of some of the wider social consequences of management decisions about structure, strategy and operations,the final theme for the paper is a critical reflection of this conventional management and organisation practice.

Paper title Managing Organisations
Paper code MANT251
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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BSNS 111 and MANT 101
Schedule C
Students who are not enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce may have the BSNS111 prerequisite waived, at the discretion of the head of department.
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: To be advised.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.


Supporting text:

MANT 251 Management & Organisation: Resources for Learning

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper you will have a good appreciation of:

  • The range of strategies that organisations use, both internally and externally orientated, when seeking positions of advantage in their environment
  • The external forces acting upon the strategy of an organisation over time
  • The operations management function in a manufacturing or service industry
  • Some of the social and ethical implications of organisation practice
  • How the above issues are experienced in the practice of management
  • How these different perspectives can be brought together in order to fully understand the complexity of real-life organising for the well-being and health of the organisation, as well as the citizens, communities and society of Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Effectively communicate analytical thinking about management and organisation

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 29-30, 32-34, 39-40
A2 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 29-30, 32-34, 39-40
A3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-30, 32-34, 39-40
A4 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 29-30, 32-34, 39-40
A5 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-30, 32-34, 39-40
A6 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-30, 32-34, 39-40