Course Title: History of Management Thought

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: History of Management Thought

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011


Malaysia Institute of Managemt


630H Management


Offsh 2 10


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh 1 08,
Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011


Shanghai Uni of Int Bus & Econ


630H Management


Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12

Course Coordinator: Dr Bernard Mees

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925-5919

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: School of Management, Level 16, RMIT Business Building (239 Bourke Street), Melbourne

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course will examine the development of theories and approaches to management in a historical context. It will acquaint students with the political, economic and social contexts within which ideas about management developed historically. The course will also address the contribution of individual theorists to the development of management ideas, the nature of that contribution and the way these ideas might be used in contemporary organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course will help you develop your ability to:
• Contribute to decisions within diverse political, economic, environmental and social contexts
• Pursue continuous personal development of knowledge and skills related to a management career
• Communicate ideas, intentions and outcomes clearly to a variety of audiences

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
• Identify major theories of management and discuss their elements clearly and coherently;
• Understand and explain the historical context to current management theories and practice
• Understand and discuss cultural factors which give rise to particular management theories at a particular time and how those theories evolve over time
• Develop the basic structure of a conceptual framework to enable you to integrate your studies of management
• Write clearly, present a logical argument, and use conventional academic referencing schemes

Overview of Learning Activities

The major focus of learning in this course will be the development of an understanding of the evolution of the modern organization through examination of management thought. Activities will include investigations of the ideas of key management writers from the origins of the modern organization to contemporary management thought, reviews of the assumptions and objectives of different schools of management thought, and the implications and application of their ideas to contemporary organizations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources for this course comprise prescribed readings, journal articles, lecture notes and online resources available through MyRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is designed to enable you to develop knowledge and skills which will be useful as you continue your studies and in your employment.  For example, written assignments enable you to learn, demonstrate, and improve your ability to synthesize and present ideas in a coherent and concise manner; examinations enable you to develop, demonstrate, and improve your ability to work under pressure, communicate ideas concisely within a fixed time frame, and reinforce the knowledge learned in this course which will be a foundation for later courses in your degree program.  Assessment in this course will allow you to develop, demonstrate, and improve your skills in logical thinking, coherent communication, critical analysis.