- Department: The York Management School
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kevin Tennent
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
- See module specification for other years: 2021-22
This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the broad trends inherent in the development of companies and industries over time, from the industrial revolution to the present day, with a focus on the UK context, which will be contrasted with continental European and Asian experience.
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This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the broad trends inherent in the development of companies and industries over time, from the industrial revolution to the present day, with a comparative focus on the US and UK contexts, which will be contrasted with continental European and Asian experience. Understanding change as an organisational and sectoral process is essential for the development of sustainable and ethical business and management.
This module will explore different ways of understanding temporal change drawing on historical, ecological-demographic and industrial-archaeological perspectives. This long term perspective will give students the opportunity to explore the links between corporate governance and managerial strategy. Students will have the opportunity to consider not just the evolution of corporate governance and government industry policy over time, but also the fleeting nature of competitive advantage. A further purpose of the module is to introduce students to archival research thus building and consolidating qualitative data skills gained on earlier modules.
Students will develop a broad understanding of the development of the modern business after about 1830 and how it has affected the development of modern society. This facilitates the following outcomes:
Teaching will focus on a series of set readings, which will give students an appreciation of the broad trends in the development of modern corporations. They will demonstrate their evaluative development through an archival investigation using primary source documents provided by the module team. Students will be taught the basics of archival interpretation, studying a set of documents in a practical session each week, building up to the independent interpretation of archival sources in the module assessment. By providing a historical context for present day practice, the skills built up to support PLOs 1, 2,3 and 8 are further consolidated and refined.
Specific themes include:
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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.
Additionally, for open assignments students are given individual written feedback via The York Management School assignment feedback form. The feedback form provides guidance on key areas for focusing upon improvements for future assessments, and ties module specific learning outcomes to marking criteria. This form is normally provided after the relevant Part A and Part B Board of Examiners meeting. However, if a module has more than one assessment element feedback on earlier submissions is released as soon as possible after marking of the assignment element.
No single set text but a different relevant text every week. Some examples include:
Blackford, Mansel G. The Rise of Modern Business: Great Britain, the United States, Germany, Japan, and China. Chapel Hill: UNC Press Books, 2008.
Turton, A., The International Business Archives Handbook: Understanding and Managing the Historical Records of Business, New York: Routledge, 2017
Wilson, J., Toms, S. de Jong, A., and Buchnea, E. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Business History, New York: Routledge, 2017
Wilson, John F., and Andrew Thomson. The making of modern management: British management in historical perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.