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Management: an Introduction

Management: an Introduction

Boost your career to the next level of success, with this intensive introductory Management summer course from Oxford Royale Academy.

A one-week programme for adult learners, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

This course provides students with the building blocks for future success as a manager. It will begin by looking at the origins and approaches to management and the influential models that have shaped both the academic and practical study of management. This framework will be used to enable students to locate their current assumptions and behaviours against research findings and consider the implications for their preferred style of management.

Diagnostic assessments will be worked on collaboratively with peers in order to raise awareness and provide a 360 degree perspective as regards students’ current understanding of themselves (and in particular their ‘blind spots’) and how their behaviours are perceived by others: the resulting gap will then form the basis of an action plan that will not only define developmental areas but also, and perhaps most importantly, their strengths.

From here students will explore the difference between leadership and management and look at the value of developing an influential, ‘inspirational leadership’ style that wins over hearts and minds and will consider the question-can one lead and not manage, or vice versa? This analysis will be linked to the critically important role that Human Resource Management plays in being a successful manager and leader of a high performing team-being able to motivate and engage staff is a particularly important quality in these challenging times. 

Along with Finance, managing the actual delivery of your products and services to customers and clients is a core capability and this course will hone students skills through an applied organisational operations case study.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:


  • How to use the understanding and skills strengthened on the course as a building block towards becoming an efficient and effective manager and influential and engaging leader who is able to adapt their style to the demands of different managerial roles in different company departments
  • A greater self awareness not only of ‘developmental areas’ but also their strengths and of how behaviour and assumptions can impact both positively and negatively the staff they manage and the levels of performance that can be achieved
  • What’s involved in managing a department’s budget and finances, the role of operations in delivering a product or service and the value that can be added to a team and, ultimately, an organisation’s performance through good people management practices


Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Management- an overview Past and present models
Seminar 1: Assessing management capabilities- diagnostic exercises, strengths evaluation and initial action planning
Tuesday Lecture 2: Leadership models and behaviours
Seminar 2: Team leadership case study simulation- the leadership challenge
Wednesday Lecture 3: Financial Management-income statements, profit and loss statements and balance sheets
Seminar 3: Applied practical case study exercise to develop students’ managerial accounting skills
Thursday Lecture 4: Operations management and
Seminar 4: Teamwork exercise- Applying an operations management framework to a retail organisation
Friday Lecture 5: Human Resource Management
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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