The World at Work

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The World at Work

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module introduces the external context in which organisations operate and in which
    you will eventually work. As a potential manager of the future (defined as someone
    involved in assisting and directing members of an organisation to achieve their
    organisational objectives), you need to be equipped to understand the component parts
    of the external context within which organisations function. The variety and complexity
    of the external environment and interactions with organisations significantly impact the
    way organisations are structured, the way their managers behave and the performance
    of the organisation in achieving its objectives.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Economic systems: free-market economies
    ? Practical and theoretical perspectives to business management
    ? Introduction to macro and micro environment of the firm
    ? Supply costs and profits
    ? Government and business
    ? Business, government and industrial policy
    ? Consumer and market demand
    ? Consumer behaviour theory and applications
    ? Firms? objectives and behaviour: issues of corporate governance
    ? Ethics and corporate social responsibility
    ? Industrial structures and size of firm
    ? Role of small and medium-sized enterprises within an economy
    ? Market structures, conduct and performance
    ? Pricing in theory and practice
    ? Globalisation and international markets
    ? Legal environment including company, contract law and intellectual property

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Key concepts
    ? Macro
    ? Micro-competitive markets
    ? Markets in action
    ? Micro ? demand
    ? Supply: production and costs
    ? Supply: revenue and profit
    ? Market structures
    ? Alternative theories of the firm

    Spring Semester:
    ? Corporate social responsibility
    ? Business growth and strategy
    ? Government intervention
    ? Macroeconomic environment
    ? Macroeconomic policy
    ? Banking, money & interest rates
    ? International trade
    ? Balance of payments & exchange rates
    ? EU, EMU & optimal currency areas

    Teaching: Lectures and practical workshops

    ? Coursework: MCQ test (30%)
    ? Coursework: Individual essay (30%)
    ? Coursework: Group report (40%)
    STUDY OPTION 2 or 3: individual essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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