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Why study Management?

Management teaches you to understand how people behave in organisations, and the nature of power, influence and leadership.

Whether you aim to be self-employed, an entrepreneur, head your own company; or to work for private business, not-for-profit organisations or government agencies – Management gives you the tools for success!

Explore the issues facing individuals and organisations in the workplace today. There are many reasons to study Management.

Study Management and work in-and-through organisations

Your career will surely involve working in organisations, regardless of your chosen career path. As an economist, or marketer – or indeed in any job – your effectiveness at work depends on your understanding of the organisation you work in, and how to get things done through it.

Learn about organisations and individuals in Management

You need to understand how people behave in organisations, the sources of power and influence, and the nature of leadership. Learn about organisations, and the people within them, in our courses on:

  • Organisation Behaviour
  • Organisation Theory
  • Communication
  • Employment Relations

Connect to the world

Management can take you places. New Zealand is one of the smallest – and is the most isolated – country on earth. We need to work extra hard at connecting to the global economy. Your career could take you to one of the great centres of global economic activity: New York, London, Tokyo.

Do you want to understand more about how to be effective in international as well as national contexts?

Keen to understand the global business system and the giant global corporations that run it?

If so – study International Management at Otago to get your career flying!

Discover how organisations work

Organisations are fascinating! Learn to understand organisations better, and make them work for you. We can help you gain that advantage for your future career.

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why organisations even exist?
  • Why organisations arrange the activity that goes on within and around them in the way that they do?
  • Why every organisation is different – even when they are direct competitors in the same industry?
  • If you answered yes to any of the above then studying with us in the Department of Management is perfect for you!

Learn how to be a manager, or manage your own business

If you become a manager, your role will be to direct, lead, plan, manage, encourage, cajole, coach and organise all activity within the organisation. Or maybe you’d prefer to be your own boss – self-employed, an entrepreneur, or the head of your own company?

Wherever your career takes you, benefit from the models and insights and answers we have to offer. Begin preparation for your future with our specialist courses in:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management

Study Management at Otago and kick-start your career – whatever your chosen field!


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“My time at Otago made me more independent and allowed me to grow to be myself. It changed my life.”

Read more about Brittany Williams' experiences studying Management