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Critical Thinking in Management

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: MGT10002

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

The purpose of this unit is to build an understanding of how economic, social and political factors influence organisational culture and management practice.

Employers today hire those with a sound understanding of their chosen area and an ability to adapt their thinking to meet the needs of their business environment. This requires analysing and assessing our thinking for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic and significance with a view to its improvement (Paul & Elder 2007). This unit helps students develop proactive reasoning abilities so they are better positioned to make, and persuasively present informed judgements about contemporary managerial issues.

This unit provides students with an opportunity to review, analyse and critique the managerial knowledge and skills necessary to identify problems and make decisions in environments experiencing variable degrees of change. Students will gain insight into the value of developing reflective practice in the workplace.


  • Historical approaches to the study of organisations and managerial tasks
  • How information literacy underpins and supports managerial thinking and decision making
  • The role and application of critical and creative thinking in managerial environments
  • Critical thinking competencies
  • The role of rational and intuitive thinking in management decision-making
  • Critical thinking skills for learning
  • Critical thinking skills for dealing with contemporary management issues.

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