Managing the Company of the Future

The aim of the course is to provide you with a comprehensive framework for understanding both the traditional principles of management inside companies today as well as the alternative principles that are becoming increasingly important. It provides both theoretical and practical perspectives on the nature of management in today’s organisations.

About The Course

Managing the Company of the Future provides you with a comprehensive framework for understanding both the traditional principles of management inside companies today as well as the alternative principles that are becoming increasingly important. It therefore builds on the established theories of work (e.g. those of Weber, McGregor, Drucker, Mintzberg), while also providing you with a way of talking about the emerging theories of self-organising and crowdsourcing. It has a practical dimension as well, with a focus on helping you understand how you can make small-scale changes within your own work organisation today and in the future.

By the end of the course, you will have gained theoretical and practical knowledge about the practice of management in contemporary organisations. On the theoretical side, you will have learned:

  • What management is, why it is important, how it is different to leadership.
  • The key dimensions of management (coordinating, decision-making, motivating, objective-setting) and the underlying principles behind each one.
  • The emerging “alternative” principles of management, their drivers, their manifestations.
  • How organisations change, the roles of different actors in enabling change.
  • How individual-level managers get the most out of their employees, and how they do their jobs in an effective way.

On a practical basis, you will have learned:

  • How you can become more effective in enabling change in your organisation, particularly through experimenting with new ways of working.
  • How you can become a better manager of others.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class? 
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, the time to read, write, reflect and discuss, and willingness to contribute to the mutual learning experience.

What can I earn for completing this course?
You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate. If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment. 

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Recommended Background

The course is positioned at an intermediate level: no prior knowledge of organisation theory is assumed, but the course will quickly move through the basic ideas and on to the more advanced concepts.  It is suitable for people with a good working knowledge of large organisations (private or public sector), or for students who have already taken courses in the basics of business and management.  It would also be appropriate for practising managers who do not have a strong theoretical background.