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Management: a global perspective Session 2 (Class 2). Dr Robert Shaw Graduate School of Business Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. 6 March 2013. RE-VISION. You have to learn two things. About management globally. You must know and understand:

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management a global perspective session 2 class 2

Management: a global perspectiveSession 2 (Class 2)

Dr Robert Shaw

Graduate School of Business

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

6 March 2013

you have to learn two things


You have to learn two things
  • About management globally. You must know and understand:
      • The important concepts that managers use to describe their work.
      • he debates about management (the keys issues).
  • How to enquire into management. You must demonstrate research skills:
  • Ask questions
  • Obtain information
  • Draw conclusions
  • Communicate your ideas
  • Lecture: Introduction to management
  • Lecture: Introduction to paper writing

Two lectures today!

management working definitions
Management – working definitions


1. the members of the executive or administration of an organization or business See also line management, middle management, top management

2. managers or employers collectively

3. the technique, practice, or science of managing, controlling or dealing with ⇒ "anger management"

4. the skilful or resourceful use of materials, time, etc

5. the specific treatment of a disease, disorder, etc

management as
Management as …

Skills ?

Competencies ?

A process ?

The organisation / running / operation of something ?

A requirement / need of organisations ?

management as skills
Management as skills

Our course argues that the best account of management (for our purposes) is that management is a set of skills.

management as skills1
Management as skills

Which skills ?

Competencies probably just another name for skill but has a jargon of its own (the competency approach to management)

Kinds of skills

Practical skills

Intellectual – thinking – cognitive - mind

management as skills2
Management as skills

Analysis of those who manage suggests that the key to management is the skill of decision-making. Managers make decisions! This is the best generalisation we can give.

Your course focuses on management as decision-making. It is, thus, about the cognitive skills that relate to practical situations.

the scope of management
The scope of management

In what activities do managers practice the skills of decision-making?

What are the concerns of practical managers?

the business environment
The business environment

This is an “organisational” perspective.

How do you relate this to the skills of decision-making?

the business environment1
The business environment

Any of the skills of management (decision-making) can involve the factors in the business environment?


Our second course objective:

  • You must learn how to enquire into management, which means you must demonstrate research skills:
    • Ask questions
    • Obtain information
    • Draw conclusions
    • Communicate your ideas
introduction to paper writing
Introduction to paper writing

There are two kinds of things to learn

What to say

How to present your ideas

This session is about how you present ideas when you produce them in business or management subjects and workplaces.

your research skills basic steps
Your research skills: basic steps
  • Identify an issue / research topic / problem
  • Refine and define your issue / research topic / problem (often formulated as questions)
  • Recognise the different kinds of questions you may ask
      • Scientific questions
      • Practical questions (often business questions)
      • Moral questions (often a refinement of business questions)
  • Research your questions online
      • Come to understand your question
      • Gain relevant information
  • Think about your response to your questions
  • Plan your writing
    • Structure (report format)
    • What to include, what to leave out

This website is your guide to writing your paper.

three kinds of papers in business
Three kinds of papers in business

There are three types of papers written by business and management students. They are also the kinds of papers written by people in business and government.

1. Essays

2. Reports

3. Scientific papers (a special kind of report).

reports to be of use
Reports to be of use

For business decision-making


Marketing research

Policy research

Evaluation research

Business planning

Standards not derived from the discipline

The banner of science

This is research as a tool – as technology

(This is not scientific research or essay writing.)

your presentation skills apa
Your presentation skills: APA

APA videos

How to structure your paper

How to reference correctly

Your goals:

To be able to format your paper.

To be able to use APA referencing correctly.

Access APA

the academic literature
The academic literature

To write an academic paper you need to know what has been said before about your topic. Your paper must show how your work builds upon the work of others.

Students seldom appreciate how long it takes to "read up" on a topic. You have to prepare yourself before you can even begin to write.

You must make use of published academic materials - this means books and journals, historical material and recent publications.

an academic library
An academic library

You are expected to use the library – this is an academic library.

There are specific skills that you need to develop that relate to library use. These include:

How to search academic databases

How to keep track of the relevant materials you find

How to create a bibliography

How to gain some understanding of an article without reading every word.

The most important part of the library is the academic databases which the library provides online.

academic searching

Academic searching

The expectations

  • Range of sources
    • Recent & important works
    • Books & articles
    • Chinese articles in English papers
  • Academic sources
    • The peer review process
    • Relevant citations only
    • Do not cite textbooks or course materials
    • Chinese sources in English papers
academic sources
Academic sources
  • Open source databases
  • The GDUFS databases
  • Books - use of NoteExpressto search
use open source databases
Use open source databases


CNKI Journals

Google Scholar

Google Books

task for the week
Task for the week
  • Send an e-mail to your professor ( In the Subject line put: MGP, your class number (Class 1 or Class 2), and your full student number.
  • In an open source online academic database, locate three articles about management in China.
  • In you’re the body of your e-mail cite the three articles using APA format.
  • Copy and paste the abstract for each article into your e-mail
  • Attach to your e-mail a pdf file of the article.