business and organizational studies
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|Veryard Projects and Antelope Projects provide independent
courses on a range of business, organizational and technological subjects.
Our courses on Business Studies and Organizational Behaviour are included in the Business Computing degree at City University in London.
IN1001 Business and Organizations
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Foundations of business and organizationsveryard projects > organization and management > student page > foundations
Whether you have taken previous courses in Business Studies, or read books by management gurus; worked in a family business or simply followed business stories in the media, you will already have some knowledge and awareness of business. Studying the foundations of business at university level should take your knowledge and awareness forwards in two ways:
Finally, note that business is essential a practical activity, and cannot be reduced to abstract theory. Even when studying the foundations of business, we need to remain connected to the practical implications. The course therefore includes practical examples and case studies.
Why study business and organizations?veryard projects > organization and management > student page > why study?
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|For planning, designing and implementing IT solutions
for people in organizations ...
... you need to know how people work in organizationsFor planning, designing and implementing IT solutions as management support tool ...
... you need to know how management works in organizations.For running IT projects with people in organizations ...
... you need to know how people work effectively in teams.
|Appreciating the business value and human cost of IT
Understanding IT systems as an expression of a particular theory of management.
Value of IT systems is only meaningful within a given management agenda.
IT systems may inherit any political, social or ethical critique of the management agenda.
|Types of Organization||Typical Role|
Schools & Colleges
Religious Organizations & Charities
Clubs & Unions
Political Parties & Governments
Work: Offices, Shops & Factories
Consumer: Banks, Shops, Internet
|Participant / Observer
Volunteer / Conscript
Insider / Outsider
Manager / Managed
Team Member / Individual
|Types of Organization||Possible Role|
|Business: Commercial & Industrial
Public Administration, Police, Armed Forces
Not-For-Profit, Campaigning, Missionary
Arts & Sports
Task Force, Team, Project, Programme
Joint Venture, Partnership
|no ranking implied
Founder / Director / Entrepreneur
Manager / Employee
Elected / Appointed Official
Researcher / Reporter
How to study business and organizationsveryard projects > organization and management > student page > how study
There are thousands of business books published every year – many of them offering simple formulas for business success. There are also many articles published on the Internet. While these books and articles often contain interesting and entertaining examples, they are usually uncritical and lack depth.
When studying a particular company, you may find useful information on the company’s own website. You may also find relevant information by conducting an Internet search for the company name. (However, this technique doesn’t work for computer companies such as Microsoft – any information about Microsoft as a company will be swamped by vast amounts of technical information about Microsoft products, which is probably not relevant to this course.)
Some sources – including Private Eye as well as some web sources – contain detailed allegations against business organizations and other institutions, often suggesting serious malpractice or incompetence. While these sources can provide a useful contrast to the bland and often misleading material provided by the companies themselves, it is usually safer to regard them as unfounded allegations rather than proven fact.
If you have family or friends in business or management positions, they may be willing to discuss some practical issues with you. You should always regard such discussion as private and confidential – if you use privately-sourced information about an organization in class or with your fellow students, you should not name the organization. Of course, information that is already in the public domain may be freely repeated.
Where such material is used in an assignment, you should state where you got it from. Where such material is used in an exam, this requirement is waived.
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|The structure and performance of a given organization
The style and effectiveness of its leadership
Changes to organizations over time
|General criticism of the mission or morality of a given organization
Insulting the intelligence or character of any public figure
While we welcome critical reflection on the management of well-known organizations, we must all be sensitive to the fact that some students have personal attachments to particular organizations – sometimes including family members employed by that organization. It goes without saying that discussion should always respect the opinions and sensitivities of other students.
Students who wish to develop political or moral arguments in relation to their studies are encouraged to do this, and to engage in vigorous intellectual debate with fellow students, since properly conducted debate of this kind will give further opportunity to develop the requisite intellectual skills. However, this should take place outside the formal boundaries of the course..
Required Skillsveryard projects > organization and management > student page > required skills
Your success on this course depends on acquiring both knowledge and skills. The knowledge is contained in the course material and reading, supplemented by other course activities. The skills outlined in this section are not only necessary for top performance on this course, but may also enhance your future job prospects, since they are often relevant to success at job interview and subsequent promotion. While you will have opportunities to develop and practise these skills within the course, you are encouraged to find additional opportunities for yourself – including participation in other university activities outside the formal curriculum.
Interest in business doesn’t necessarily mean you always have to be pro-business. You may take either side of the debate, but you need to have the data and arguments to support your position.
To the extent that you have direct experience of organizations, you should be able to use the theory to reflect on your own experience. In any case, you should be able to use theory to reflect on case studies and other material.
If possible, you should also try to do the converse – to use the practical material to identify the limitations of a particular theory. Regard a theory as a tool, which may be useful in many situations but may not be applicable to all situations. “To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”