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Introduction to Management: Course outline (MGT-301)

Course description

This is an introductory course in management theory and practice.  Areas of study will include: the historic development of management thought; decision making; the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling; and the skills demanded of contemporary managers. An international context and consideration of ethical issues in managing people and resources will be emphasized throughout the study.   

Learning objectives

After the successful complication of this course students will be able to

  • Define what is Management
  • Understand manager’s role in the organizational development
  • Differentiate the four managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling
  • Explain the basic concepts of Organizational Behavior
  • Identify Individual and Groups dynamics
  • Classify the processes of organizations

To know the business practices and management concepts from the perspective of Islam

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Course content


Management and Organizations

Learning outcomes:

  • Why Are Managers Important?
  • Who Is a Manager?
  • Management Functions
  • Mintzberg’s Managerial Roles and a Contemporary Model of Managing
  • Management Skills
  • How Is the Manager’s Job Changing?
  • Why Study Management?
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Islam and Management Principles


Management History

Learning outcomes:

  • Early Management
  • Classical Approach
  • Behavioral Approach
  • Quantitative Approach
  • Contemporary Approaches


Understanding Management’s Context: Constraints and Challenges

Learning outcomes:

  • The Manager: Omnipotent or Symbolic?
  • The External Environment: Constraints and Challenges
  • Organizational Culture: Constraints and Challenges
  • Current Issues in Organizational Culture
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Islam and business
  • I am a Muslim Manager


Managers as Decision Makers

Learning outcomes:

  • The Decision-Making Process
  • Managers Making Decisions
  • Types of Decisions and Decision-Making Conditions
  • Decision-Making Styles
  • Effective Decision Making in Today’s World
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Decision making in Islam
  • Islamic perspective on management and organization (Chapter 7 Decisions styles and group dynamics)


Foundations of Planning


Learning outcomes:

  • The What and Why of Planning
  • Goals and Plans
  • Setting Goals and Developing Plans
  • Contemporary Issues in Planning
  • Case study


Strategic Management

Learning outcomes:

  • What Is Strategic Management?
  • Why Is Strategic Management Important?
  • The Strategic Management Process
  • Corporate Strategies
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Current Strategic Management Issues
  • Case studies and practical exercises


Basic Organizational Design

Learning outcomes:

  • Designing Organizational Structure
  • Mechanistic and Organic Structures
  • Contingency Factors Affecting Structural Choice
  • Traditional Organizational Designs

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Managing Human Resources

Learning outcomes:

  • The Human Resource Management Process
  • Why Is HRM Important?
  • External Factors That Affect the HRM Process
  • Identifying and Selecting Competent Employees
  • Providing Employees with Needed Skills and Knowledge
  • Retaining Competent, High-Performing Employees
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Human resource management from an Islamic perspective
  • Islamic perspective on management and organization (Chapter 10 The human resources)




Managing Teams

Learning outcomes:

  • Groups and Group Development
  • Work Group Performance and Satisfaction
  • Turning Groups into Effective Teams
  • Current Challenges in Managing Teams
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Islamic perspective on management and organization (Chapter 5 The structure and functions of groups)


Managers and Communication

Learning outcomes:

  • The Nature and Function of Communication
  • Methods of Interpersonal Communication
  • Effective Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Communication Issues in Today’s Organizations
  • Case study


Motivating Employees

Learning outcomes:

  • What Is Motivation?
  • Early Theories of Motivation
  • Contemporary Theories of Motivation
  • Current issues
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Islamic perspective on management and organization (Chapter 2 Human nature and Motivation)


Managers as Leaders

Learning outcomes:

  • Who Are Leaders and What Is Leadership?
  • Early Leadership Theories
  • Contingency Theories of Leadership
  • Contemporary Views of Leadership
  • Leadership Issues in The Twenty-First Century
  • Case study

Islamic content

  • Islamic perspective on management and organization (Chapter 8 Leadership and organization)
  • Book “leadership from the life of RasulAllah (SAW)”


Introduction to Controlling

Learning outcomes:


  • What Is Controlling and Why Is It Important?
  • The Control Process
  • Controlling for Organizational Performance
  • Tools for Measuring Organizational Performance
  • Contemporary Issues in Controlling
  • Case study