Essentials of Management

Course leaders: Dr Konul Aghayeva

Home Institution: Azerbaijan Architecture and Construction University

Course Overview

The course addresses the basic concept of management, the roles of the manager, and the changing nature of both the organization and management. The course explores and focuses on the functions of management: Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling. Case studies, problems, and discussion of relating articles will provide a deeper understanding of the discussed areas.

Learning Outcomes

Outcomes of course:

- Provide students with information about goals, demand, advantages, and challenges of management

- Show manager’s mistakes and their results

- Forming a comprehensive view of students' regarding innovation processes in business.

- Improving the decision-making process via investigation and accurate data analysis.

Course Content

Management as a science and main definitions.

The levels of management and managerial skills.

Management Theory- Classical Approach.

Management Theory- Neoclassical Approach.

Contemporary Management Theories.

The function of management- Planning.

Decision-making process.

Strategic Management.

The function of management- Organizing.

Motivation and organizational culture.

Leadership and management.

The function of management- Controlling.

Managing of Communication.

Human Resources Management.

Conflict management.

Required Course Materials

Management Global Edition-STEPHEN P.ROBBINS/MARY COULTER-11th Edition, Prentice  Hall, 2012

Management-7th edition-Angelo Kinici, Brian  K. Williams- McGraw-Hill/New York, 2016.  

Strategic Management - 13ed edition-Arthur A. Thompson, Jr., A. J. Stricland - Boston, McGraw Hall-Hill,- 2003.

Contemporary Management- 8th edition- Gareth R. Jones, Jennifer M. George- McGraw-Hill/Irwin- 2013.

Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management  (8th edition) -  Norman M. Scarborough

Essentials of management. By Andrew J. DuBrin, Professor Emeritus of Management, College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology,  9th edition, 2010, p.2-19

Instructional Method

The following teaching methods could be widely used in the practice:

- teamwork is a collaborative effort to summarize the results of individual work by team members through sharing of authorities and responsibilities and is a joint activity aimed at the solution of common issues of the undergraduate groups under the leadership of the leader. Working in a group encourages mutual understanding, responsibility and cooperation among students;

- business games are a form of a revitalization of the social and specific content of the future professional activity of a specialist. In roles, the role of professional activity of students in the realization of functions of experts on different workplaces is presented. Students are divided into groups, exposed to them, and they are asked to play a situational role. It prepares them for similar situations in real working conditions;

- the development of critical thinking is a method of teaching that forms the ability to propagate new creative ideas and predict new opportunities, and also to direct students to logic, reflection;

 - The analysis of specific cases is the analysis of problematic situations in the field of professional activity and the search for options that have better solutions. Students are given a detailed and factual analysis of the situation. They then review the critical situation, identify positive potential practices and problems, and learn from others' experiences;

- training games - allow students (single or in a group) to solve specifically modelled tasks so that they can better understand the subject through analysis;

- collective discussion: brainstorming. Students are offered a problem, and they are asked to effectively deal with this problem in a very short time. Collecting ideas, grouping them and classifying them into categories lead to a better understanding of the problem and strengthening of the sense of cooperation (teamwork);

- The preliminary study of topics - a preliminary study of new materials that will be taught in the classroom;

- Practical training is the activation of the student’s understanding activity on the basis of personal experience.


Multiple assessment methods will be used. Relying on only one method to provide information about the program will only reflect a part of students’ achievement. A combination of direct and indirect assessment methods should be used. For example, responses from student surveys may be informative, however, when combined with students’ test results and project work they will be more meaningful, valid, and reliable.

The final exam will consist of a practical case. Students do not see the exam paper in advance and must provide answers under exam conditions in a fixed period of time.