Principles of Management

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Principles of Management Course Outline

Managing and Performing

Concepts Covered:

  •  What Do Managers Do?
  • The Roles Managers Play
  • Major Characteristics of the Manager’s Job

Managerial Decision-Making

Concepts Covered:

  • Overview of Managerial Decision-Making
  • How the Brain Processes Information to Make Decisions: Reflective and Reactive Systems
  • Programmed and Non-programmed Decisions
  • Barriers to Effective Decision-MakingImproving the Quality of Decision-Making
  • Group Decision-Making

The History of Management

Concepts Covered:

  • The Early Origins of Management
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Taylor-Made Management
  • Administrative and Bureaucratic Management
  • Human Relations Movement
  • Contingency and System Management

External and Internal Organizational Environments and Corporate Culture

Concepts Covered:

  • The Organization’s External Environment
  • External Environments and Industries
  • Organizational Designs and Structures
  • The Internal Organization and External Environments
  • Corporate Cultures
  • Organizing for Change in the 21st Century

Ethics, Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability

Concepts Covered:

  • Ethics and Business Ethics Defined
  • Dimensions of Ethics: The Individual Level
  • Ethical Principles and Responsible Decision-Making
  • Leadership: Ethics at the Organizational Level
  • Ethics, Corporate Culture, and Compliance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Ethics around the Globe
  • Emerging Trends in Ethics, CSR, and Compliance

International Management

Concepts Covered:

  • Importance of International Management
  • Hofstede’s Cultural Framework
  • The GLOBE Framework
  • Cultural Stereotyping and Social Institutions
  • Cross-Cultural Assignments
  • Strategies for Expanding Globally
  • The Necessity of Global Markets


Concepts Covered:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Small Business
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Managing a Small Business
  • The Large Impact of Small Business
  • The Small Business Administration
  • Trends in Entrepreneurship and Small-Business Ownership

Strategic Analysis: Understanding a Firm’s Competitive Environment

Concepts Covered:

  • Gaining Advantages by Understanding the Competitive Environment
  • Using SWOT for Strategic Analysis
  • A Firm’s External Macro Environment: PESTEL
  • A Firm’s Micro Environment: Porter’s Five Forces
  • The Internal Environment
  • Competition, Strategy, and Competitive Advantage
  • Strategic Positioning

The Strategic Management Process: Achieving and Sustaining Competitive Advantage

Concepts Covered:

  • Strategic Management
  • Firm Vision and Mission
  • The Role of Strategic Analysis in Formulating a Strategy
  • Strategic Objectives and Levels of Strategy
  • Planning Firm Actions to Implement Strategies
  • Measuring and Evaluating Strategic Performance

Organizational Structure and Change

Concepts Covered:

  • Organizational Structures and Design
  • Organizational Change
  • Managing Change

Human Resource Management

Concepts Covered:

  • An Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management and Compliance
  • Performance Management
  • Influencing Employee Performance and Motivation
  • Building an Organization for the Future
  • Talent Development and Succession Planning

Diversity in Organizations

Concepts Covered:

  • An Introduction to Workplace Diversity
  • Diversity and the Workforce
  • Diversity and Its Impact on Companies
  • Challenges of Diversity
  • Key Diversity Theories
  • Benefits and Challenges of Workplace Diversity
  • Recommendations for Managing Diversity


Concepts Covered:

  • The Nature of Leadership
  • The Leadership Process
  • Types of Leaders and Leader Emergence
  • The Trait Approach to Leadership
  • Behavioral Approaches to Leadership
  • Situational (Contingency) Approaches to Leadership
  • Substitutes for and Neutralizers of Leadership
  • Transformational, Visionary, and Charismatic Leadership
  • Leadership Needs in the 21st Century

Work Motivation for Performance

Concepts Covered:

  • Motivation: Direction and Intensity
  • Content Theories of Motivation
  • Process Theories of Motivation
  • Recent Research on Motivation Theories

Managing Teams

Concepts Covered:

  • Teamwork in the Workplace
  • Team Development Over Time
  • Things to Consider When Managing Teams
  • Opportunities and Challenges to Team Building
  • Team Diversity
  • Multicultural Teams

Managerial Communication

Concepts Covered:

  • The Process of Managerial Communication
  • Types of Communications in Organizations
  • Factors Affecting Communications and the Roles of Managers
  • Managerial Communication and Corporate Reputation
  • The Major Channels of Management Communication Are Talking, Listening, Reading, and Writing

Organizational Planning and Controlling

Concepts Covered:

  • Is Planning Important?
  • The Planning Process
  • Types of Plans
  • Goals or Outcome Statements
  • Formal Organizational Planning in Practice
  • Employees’ Responses to Planning
  • Management by Objectives: A Planning and Control Technique
  • The Control- and Involvement-Oriented Approaches to Planning and Controlling

Management of Technology and Innovation

Concepts Covered:

  • MTI—Its Importance Now and In the Future
  • Developing Technology and Innovation
  • External Sources of Technology and Innovation
  • Internal Sources of Technology and Innovation
  • Management Entrepreneurship Skills for Technology and Innovation
  • Skills Needed for MTI
  • Managing Now for Future Technology and Innovation

About the book

Principles of Management


Principles of Management is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the introductory course on management. This is a traditional approach to management using the leading, planning, organizing, and controlling approach. Management is a broad business discipline, and the Principles of Management course covers many management areas such as human resource management and strategic management, as well behavioral areas such as motivation. No one individual can be an expert in all areas of management, so an additional benefit of this text is that specialists in a variety of areas have authored individual chapters.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

David S. Bright, Wright State University
Anastasia H. Cortes, Virginia Tech University
Eva Hartmann, University of Richmond
K. Praveen Parboteeah, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Jon L. Pierce, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Monique Reece
Amit Shah, Frostburg State University
Siri Terjesen, American University
Joseph Weiss, Bentley University
Margaret A. White, Oklahoma State University
Donald G. Gardner, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Jason Lambert, Texas Woman’s University
Laura M. Leduc, James Madison University
Joy Leopold, Webster University
Jeffrey Muldoon, Emporia State University
James S. O’Rourke, University of Notre Dame

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