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KENYA METHODIST UNIVERSITY
NAIROBI CAMPUS

MBAD 501: Practices of Management
Credit Hours: 3
Period: Jan – April 2013
Instructor: Kihara Peter
Email: kiharamp41@msn.com
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Course Purpose and Objectives
This is a foundation course in the MBA program which covers all those functions and duties performed by modern managers and CEOs in today’s complex organizations. This course views managerial planning and decisio ns, functions and principles as an integral part of an organization management and as a process to be performed by managers regardless of their level, specialty and position.

At the end of the course the student should be able to understand and participate in corporate decision making and carry out various managerial functions with less difficulty. At the same time students are expected to display knowledge in general management and be able to lead and govern organizations of the 21 st Century.

Course Outline
WEEK

TOPIC

Week 1-2

SUBTOPICS

Week 3-4

The Historical Development of
Management Thought

Week 4-5





Definitions of management
Management vs Administration
Levels of management, Science & Art of
management, Universality of Management,
Managerial roles and techniques



Introduction and general
overview of management

CASE 1




The Pre-classical Approaches to management
The Classical Approaches to management
 The Scientific Management School
 The Administrative Management
School
 The Bureaucratic Management School

The Evolution of Management

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The Neo – Classical Management Approach to
Management
 The Behavioral Theories of
Management

Week 5-6

Week 7-8

Functions of Management
 Planning &
Strategizing







Definition of the environment
Importance of the environment to the organization
Approaches to the environment
Contextual Dimensions to the environment
Gaining competitiveness: The critical success
factors
Tools for analyzing the environment



The Environment of
Management

The Modern Theories of Management
 The Operations Management Approach
 The Contingency Management
Approach
 The Systems Management Approach



Week 6-7



CASE II







Definition of Planning
Importance of Planning, Types of plans
The levels and hierarchy of planning in organizations
Elements of Planning
Strategic planning and plans

CASE III
Week 8-9



Organizing & Staffing

Week 10-11

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Directing

Coordination and
Controlling

Definition and purpose of organizing
Elements of organizational structure
Organizational Designs
Staffing Definition and purpose
Functions of Staffing
 Recruitment Process
 Selection & Hiring
 Orientation
 Training & Development




Definition and importance
Components of Directing
 Motivation
 Communication
 Leading



Week 9-10







CASE IV







Purpose of coordinating
Types of coordination’s in organization
Definitions of Control and control systems
Control elements & Techniques
Functions & Types of controls

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Week 11-12




Creating & Sustaining
Organizations

Week 13-14











Nature of decision making
Types of decisions
The decision making process
Techniques in decision making process
Group decision making
Decision making environment
Characteristics of effective Teams
Types Teams, Stages in Team Development
Team building processes






Organization Culture defined
Techniques of managing culture
Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility
Management for the greatest good



Week 12-13

Management Decisions
Team work

CASE V

Reframing Organizations

Four Perspectives of Reframing...
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