Theoretical & Critical Perspectives in Management Research

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSBP3PM1024

Semester and Year Offered: Semester -1

Course Coordinator and Team: KanwalAnil,ValentinaKancharla,KalindiMaheshwari.

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Pre-requisites: Nil

Course Outcomes:

  1. After doing the course participants should be able to develop a holistic understanding of Organisations and Modern day management frameworks they operate in.
  2. Participants would understand and appreciate organisations and the impact of political economy.
  3. They will develop a good understanding of the contemporary issues in management Research.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  • Unit 1: Understanding Organizations
  • Unit 2: Modern Management Frameworks
  • Unit 3: Organisation and the Political Economy
  • Unit 4: Organisation in the Institutional Context
  • Unit 5: Contemporary Issues in Management Research

Assessment Details with weights:

Reviews and presentation




Case analysis


Class participation


Reading List

Recommended Text

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