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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Management

Level Papers Points

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:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

Total   360

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

  • Thesis: MANT 5

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

Level Papers Points

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


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

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Department of Management
Otago Business School