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Evidence-Based Management Foundations

Provided by Australian National University (ANUx)
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Become a better manager by critically evaluating key management theories and concepts that form the foundation of modern management thinking.

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Before you start

Students are required to have completed EBM01x. This course is a graduate level course that assumes an undergraduate degree level understanding in a non-cognate area.

What you will learn

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the different concepts and theories of management.
  • Establish the roles and functions of managers within organisations.

Week 1: Evolution of management thought
Introduction to theory and foundational management concepts.

Week 2: Management functions
Key managerial functions within organizations.

Week 3: Organization structure and design
Principles of effective organization structure and design.

Week 4: Human resource management
Importance of human resources to effective business management.

Week 5: Strategic management
Strengths and weaknesses of different generic strategies.

Week 6: Future of management
Evaluating the evidence in support of emerging management practices.


The context in which managers work has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. And yet, the majority of business schools still teach the same foundational theories and management concepts.

In this management course, students will spend time dissecting the evidence in support of these foundational theories and concepts. Students will also learn to critically assess the relevance of existing management practice and knowledge in modern organisations, and evaluate the potential of emerging research and evidence in key management domains. Learners will explore the evolution of management thinking, organizational design, human resource management and more.

The knowledge and skills developed in this course are particularly valuable for emerging leaders, established managers, and entrepreneurs.

This course is part of the Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters Program.

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