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Management & the Business Environment: Economic Theory & Practice - MAN00010C

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. John Issitt
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of economic approaches to management and the business environment. It explains the major related but different approaches to organisations and markets and illustrates the application of these approaches to organisational problems.

Module learning outcomes

  • · Understand the concepts of specialisation and co-ordination at local and global levels;
  • · Understand the main characteristics of standard microeconomic theory and key assumptions underlying microeconomic models;
  • · Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of behavioural theory, agency theory, game theory and transaction costs for economic decisions
  • · Demonstrate their knowledge of evolutionary approaches to organisations
  • · Critically evaluate the contribution of economics to strategic management
  • · Recognise how business behaviour is driven by economic theories and beliefs

Module content

  • Demonstrate their ability to conduct book research
  • Integrate research and business experience into their learning


Task Length % of module mark
Essay (1,500 words)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay (1,500 words)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students have the opportunity to do weekly quizzes for which they receive results and feedback via the VLE

Module assessment reports to students are written by the module leader for all assessments (open and closed) and placed on the VLE after the Board of Examiners has received the module marks.

The timescale for the return of feedback will accord with TYMS policy

Indicative reading

Douma S. and Schreuder H, Economic Approaches to Organizations, Prentice Hall/FT

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