Integration of Business Functions (UWS)

An understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which businesses operate.

Module Overview

Managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances, whether in the market, public or ‘third’ sectors and irrespective of the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services these enterprises produce for their customers or clients. This introductory module provides learners with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which businesses operate. It introduces learners to a number of business structures, cultures and the political, social, economic, technological, legal and ethical considerations affecting business.

This highly interactive module explores the question ‘What is a business?’ It investigates business functions including human resource management, accounting and finance, operations and marketing. It considers the linkages between these functions and the challenges experienced in managing across functional boundaries. The module seeks to provide an integrated and critical understanding of businesses and their core business functions including internal and external factors which impact on them.

Module Award

At the end of this module the student will be able to:
L1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key tools for analysis of the internal and external environmental contexts within which businesses operate in order to exhibit knowledge of and analyse the impact of changing and challenging environments on businesses and business functions in different sectors.
L2. Critically evaluate a number of business functions and their contribution to organisational success across a range of business settings.
L3. Synthesise the complexity and ambiguity of other factors which impinge on businesses and business functions including structure, culture, stakeholders and ethics.

What will you study

Managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances, whether in the market, public or ‘third’ sectors and irrespective of the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services these enterprises produce for their customers or clients. This introductory module provides learners with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which businesses operate. These areas will be explored in more depth in other modules. The primary purpose of this module is to introduce learners to these concepts.

This module also introduces learners to a number of business structures, cultures and the political, social, economic, technological, legal and ethical considerations affecting business.

The module explores the question ‘What is a business?’ It investigates business functions including human resource management, accounting and finance, operations and marketing and considers the linkages between them and the challenges experienced in managing across functional boundaries.

This module seeks to provide an integrated and critical understanding of businesses and their core business functions including internal and external factors which impact on them. It enables learners to analyse how these functions operate in a real life context by utilising business case studies and online activities accessed through the UWS ‘MBA online interactive learning world’ website which bring together all the various functional elements to emulate 'real world' issues that need to be addressed. Specific scenarios will be created to simulate issues that impact on the overall success of the business.

Module Assessment

Assessment consists of a Case Study report worth 80% of the overall marks and a learning log worth 20% of the overall marks.

Course fees

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