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Foundations of Management Thought - MGSM880

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This unit surveys the evolution of Western thought from major philosophical perspectives (from Plato to Sartre) and their relevance for management. What is important about a philosophical perspective is not what it explains, but what it assumes. Three assumptions ground the unit:

a) managing is essentially a philosophical activity because human existence is interpreted through diverse perspectives;

b) management training needs to be combined with management education. To train is to drill and subordinate individuals to routines, standards and practices. To educate is to liberate a person’s intellectual, moral and aesthetic powers.

c) managers and leaders need to have the critical skills to debate, reflect, and engage in dialogue across different functional disciplines, stakeholders and cultures in organisational contexts.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

MGSM Term 1 City - MGSM, City Campus, January to March

Term 1 North Ryde - January to March

Term 2 North Ryde - March to June

Term 2 Hong Kong - Offshore students only

Term 3 North Ryde - June to September

Term 4 North Ryde - September to December

Staff Contact(s):

Admission to MBA or MMgmt or GradDipMgt or MSocEntre Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Management

Faculty of Business and Economics

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