Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET0078 (AF:358406 AR:189871)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
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This first module of the course is designed to provide the student with a survey of contemporary principles and practices of managing. It is structured to develop a concise framework connecting the major business disciplines and a comprehensive perspective to organize additional study in management. Practical applications of the manager’s role in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling are demonstrated and explored. It focuses on the entire organization from both a short and long-term perspective for strategic vision, setting objectives, crafting a strategy and then implementing it. This course examines the logic and working of organizations. It also investigates how organizations develop and maintain competitive advantage within a changing business environment influenced by political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors. The course content is organized around the four ‘pillars’ of management viz. planning, organizing, leading and control for systematic understanding of management-related challenges and applying conceptual tools and techniques in analysing, evaluating and addressing management issues.
This course will enable students to develop short and long-range plans to effectively accomplish organizational goals. Students will develop skills related to the manager’s function as required in today’s competitive environment. Students will learn that the study of management is not a precise science and as such it continues to evolve. This course ensures that the students understand how:
Managers manage business organizations in the dynamic global environment 

Organizations develop and maintain competitive advantage 

Business decisions are made using various tools and techniques to remain competitive 

Managers use problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills in real-life situations 

Different areas of the business support the vision and mission 

Managers implement successful planning

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, a prior knowledge of organizational and managerial issues would facilitate the understanding of the topics discussed in class. This is a university course and as such students are expected to have advanced analytical and writing skills.
1 Managing in organisations
2 Theories of management
3 Organisation cultures and contexts
4 Managing internationally
5 Corporate responsibility
6 Making decisions
7 Planning
8 Managing strategy
10 Structure
18 Managing change
20 Control and performance measurement
"Management: Using practice and theory to develop skill", 8th Edition, year 2020
Lectures and the textbook are the primary sources of preparation for the exam. The grade in the exam of “Principles of management” will then be averaged with the one of “International Accounting” to form the overall grade for the full 12-credit course. No partial exams on Module 1 alone will be offered at any time. The exam will be with 3 essay questions with sort answers, closed-notes/closed book. It will cover the content of the following 12 chapters:

Chapter 1. Managing in Organizations 

Chapter 2. Theories of management
Chapter 3. Organisation Cultures and Contexts 

Chapter 4. Managing Internationally 

Chapter 5. Corporate Responsibility 

Chapter 6. Making decisions
Chapter 7. Planning

Chapter 8. Managing strategy

Chapter 10. Structure
Chapter 18. Managing change
Chapter 19. Control and Performance measurement
Chapter 20. Finance and budgetary control

and related discussion of at least 5 case studies.

This is primarily a lecture/class discussion format where learning is made relevant through the direct and explicit application of theoretical frameworks and concepts to real life issues and problems. Students will be challenged to think “outside the box” and to offer solutions to situations that they might never encounter outside this forum. Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class. In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking, there are bound to be many differing viewpoints. These differences enhance the learning experience and create an atmosphere where students and instructors alike will be encouraged to think and learn. On sensitive and volatile topics, students may sometimes disagree not only with each other but also with the instructor. It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.
Learning will be successful for students that:
read assigned material prior to class, bring text and supplement to class, and take part in class discussions.
discuss end of chapter question problems and short cases assigned
attend class regularly
All students are expected to read and understand the course text. Please give this task your utmost attention. Generally, students learn most of what they get from a course by reading the assigned material. With this on-line learning concept, the reading component becomes the key to success. If there is something you do not understand, please do not hesitate to ask the instructor to explain it to you.
Student Conduct
The instructor reserves the right to manage a positive learning environment and thus will not tolerate inappropriate conduct in the course. All Ca’ Foscari students are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with the Ethics Code. Students violating these codes will be referred to for possible disciplinary action.
Notice Page
The course schedule is subject to change due to the discretion of the instructor. Students must read the announcement page on a regular basis. Students are responsible for and expected to comply with changes that may occur. Changes are posted on the course web page, announcement page, as well as the discussion board.
Students are responsible for obtaining their books and having an operable computer by the start of class and throughout the course. In addition, students are responsible for meeting all deadlines as outlined in the syllabus.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 16/09/2021