The course is designed to expose the student to the impact of information systems to decisions making at individual, group, organization as well as at the global level. It will help student to understand the role and potential contribution of information systems / information technology within organizations. It focuses on the interface between organization (and facets such as structures, strategies and people) and information systems so as to help in making decisions about information technology utilization of students/managers roles as users of information systems for overall effectiveness and efficiency.
This course introduces the students to the area of Operations Research and presents them the most common problems and solution approaches to business organisation and personal life. Analysis for business decisions includes the application of operations research and management science techniques to management decision problems. Operations research techniques and tools can be applied to problems in virtually all-functional areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, production and human resources. Examples from each of these areas will be covered during the course. A feature of the course is that software for analysis such as LINDO, TORA and Microsoft Excel used to implement some of the techniques covered.
The course is aimed at helping the students to understand each of the functional areas of business, including marketing, accounting, finance, human resources, operations/production management. The course is designed to help students appreciate the interrelationship of these business functions and, more generally, the role and the context of business in society.
Management Theory & Practice
Concepts of theory in the physical and social sciences
Level of theory
The features of theory in management
Link between management Theories and management models
Practice of management conduct as a test of good management theory.
Existing difficulties of developing useful management theories in Nigeria and other developing countries
Theories of Management e.g. the scientific management movement, human relations movement, the systems movement, and the managerial behavioural movement, Theory X and Theory Y.
The Grid approach
Testing specific theories and models in Nigeria.
Criterial for locating bad management practices, and ideas of how better management theories may be introduced to particular Nigerian organization.
Concepts of production management
Elements of production management
Production and process design and management
Facility location and layout
Material management and control
Concepts of strategy in relation to Business, Corporation and Management
Linkage between organization and their environments
Concepts of policies, decision making, business objectives, performance criteria, structure and managerial behaviours
Practice in calculating simple financial and economic indices from business data and other accounting information.
Learning the behavioural implications of courses of action
Selecting strategies and structure of public liability companies from their published annual reports
Developing clear business objectives
Setting clear strategies and policies and presenting structures that are capable of being used in implementing chosen strategies
Organic Business functions of marketing, production, finance and personnel in Nigeria
Introduction: Definition, Nature and Characteristics of Entrepreneur
Theories of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Nigeria Experience
Entrepreneurial activities relevant to Environment: Economic, Social etc
Importance of Entrepreneurship to Economic development
Types of Business Ownership in Nigeria
Launching/Starting a Business
Organic Business function of Marketing, Production, Finance and Personnel in Nigeria
Process of Corporate Planning
Budgeting and Control
Business Performance Appraisal
Management by Objectives (MBO)
Motivating Group and Individual Efforts
Predicting the dynamic environment
Impact of environmental changes on the strategies and performance of a firm.
Analysis of the role of employee and managerial behaviour in success or failure of strategy implementation.
Recent developments affecting the strategic formulation and implementation processes of firms in Nigeria.
Application of the fundamental principles of management to the marketing function
The organization, planning, control and coordination of the marketing functions
Organization of the marketing plans
Coordination and interaction of the marketing function (Product, Physical distribution, pricing and promotion)
Marketing and Social Responsibility
Concept of behaviour, organizations, Managers, administrators and performance
Individual behavioural processes such as personal systems, self-concept development, interaction styles.
Group behavioural processes such as informal structures, norms of work and play; Status based rewards and punishments, leadership, task distribution and performance appraisal.
Theories of organizational behaviour and relevance to Nigeria.
Exercises in simple models of behaviour observable in Nigerian organisations
Making changes in individuals and groups.
Theories of Behavioural Change.
Managing resistance to planned changes
Formal work systems
The challenges of informal and emergent work systems
The limitations of policies, laws, regulations and general rules of Civil Service procedures in controlling human behaviour.
Application of concepts to Nigeria
Designing effective organisations in Nigeria
Empirical data on supervisory, managerial and employee behaviour in Nigeria