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Study Management at Otago

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.

Student exchange

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.

Career opportunities

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
  • Solicitor
  • 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.

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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • Leadership
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainability.

Degree options

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.

Background required

There are no formal prerequisites to study Management at 100-level. Because of the importance of communication, NCEA English is a useful background subject.


Management as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, 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 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



Total 90

MANT papers

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Otago Business School


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