Head of Department's Welcome
Why Study Management?
I have four reasons for you, and only one of them involves wanting to be a manager.
Working in and through organisations
Even if you end up as a surgeon, or rock-tennis-opera-movie star, your career will surely involve working in organisations. As an economist, accountant or marketer – or indeed in any job - your effectiveness will depend on how adept you are at understanding the organisation you work in, and getting things done through it. You will need good models of how people behave in organisations, of the sources of power and influence, of the nature of leadership. You will find these models in our courses in Organisation Behaviour, Organisation Theory, Communication, and Industrial Relations.
Connecting to the world
New Zealand is one of the smallest - and is the most isolated - country on earth. For that reason, we work extra hard at connecting to the global economy. Six million people hold New Zealand passports; only four million of them live here. Maybe your career will take you to one of the great centres of global economic activity: New York, London, Tokyo. If you feel the need to understand more about how to be effective in international as well as national contexts, and about the global business system and the giant global corporations that run it, our courses in International Management are a key resource for you.
Organisations are among the most fascinating phenomena you can study. Why do they even exist? Why do they arrange the activity that goes on within and around them in the way that they do? Why is it that every organisation is different – even when they are direct competitors in the same industry? How do the people who live and work within them learn how to get along and make decisions inside these vast and confusing systems? If you can understand your organisation better, you can make it work for you. We think we can help you gain that advantage.
OK, so you want to be a manager
And yes, there are people whose role is to direct, lead, plan, manage, encourage, cajole, coach and organise all this activity. Or maybe you aim to be your own boss – self-employed, an entrepreneur, the head of your own company. These are the people who most need the models and insights and answers we have to offer. If you are drawn to these roles, you will find with us specialist courses in Human Resource Management, Operations Management and Strategic Management which begin your preparation for a career as a manager or entrepreneur.
Your path into Management Studies begins with BSNS 105, Introduction to Business Management. I will meet you there. My colleagues and I look forward to sharing what we know with you. And even if you are going to be a rock star, you are still going to need a gang of roadies. There are some skills we can teach them too.
See what some of our former graduates are doing now...check out our graduate profiles.
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