Principles of Management

By Prof. Usha Lenka   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 2607
About the course:
The course provides an overview of management and its evolution. It examines management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling and its impact on the business organization. It discusses necessary skills and functions required for efficient manager in contemporary business environment. Overall, it enables students to analyze and understand changing business environment, and the role of ethics, social responsibility and environmental issues in contemporary business environment.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : All Graduates (Management, Engineering, Sciences, Arts)

INDUSTRIES SUPPORT : Infosys, TATA, Relaince, Public Sector Companies like BHEL, SAIL, ONGC etc.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Management Studies
  • Minor in Management
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Management: Management – An Emerging Profession, Definition, Nature, Scope, Purpose, and characteristics of Management, Functions, roles, skills of an effective Manager
Week 2: Evolution of Management Thought : Classical Theory, Scientific Management , Management Process or Administrative Management, Bureaucracy, Behavioural Science Approach, Quantitative Approach, Systems Approach, Contingency Approach, Operational Approach
Week 3: Planning: Types of Plans, Planning Process, Introduction to Strategic Management, Types of Strategies, Understanding environment of business: Environmental appraisal – Industry Analysis - Porter’s Model of competitive advantage, analysis of organisational resources and capabilities
Week 4: Forecasting and Premising : Introduction to Forecasting, Essential Components in Business Forecasting, Determinants of Business Forecasts, Benefits of Forecasting, Techniques of Forecasting, Limitations of Forecasting
Week 5: Decision-making : Introduction, Components of Decision-making, Decision-making Process, Group Decision-making, Creativity Problem-solving
Week 6: Management by Objectives and Styles of Management : Core Concepts of MBO, Characteristics of Management by Objectives, Process of MBO, Defining the Goal, Action Plan, Final Review, Benefits of Management by Objectives, Limitations of Management by Objectives, Styles of Management, American Style of Management, Japanese Style of Management, Indian Style of Management
Week 7: Organizing and Directing: Introduction, Organizational Design, Hierarchical Systems , Organization Structure, Types of Organization Structure, Formal and Informal Organization, Factors Determining Span of Management, Centralization and Decentralization, Span of control, Understanding authority and responsibility, Principles of Delegation, Authority, Developing a culture of Innovation and performance
Week 8: Staffing and Coordination: Introduction, Human Resource Management, Recent Trends in HRM, Technology in HRM, Economic Challenges, Workforce Diversity, Concept of Coordination, Need for Coordination, Importance of Coordination, Principles of Coordination, Coordination Process, Types of Coordination, Issues and Systems Approach to Coordination, Techniques of Coordination
Week 9: Career Development Strategy: Introduction, Concept and Elements of Career, Overview of Career Development, Significance and Advantages of Career Development, Objectives of Career Development, Types of Career Development Programmes, Different Stages or Cycles of Career Development Process, Career Anchors, Steps in the Career Planning Process
Week 10: Leadership styles of Managers: Leadership Concept, Nature, Importance, Attributes of a leader, Role of a leader in demonstrating awareness of legal, personnel, and strategic issues relating to globalization, culture and gender diversity in an organization, Role of leader in conflict resolution and negotiations
Week 11: Organizational Communication: Communication in Organizations: Introduction, Importance of Communication in the Workplace; Understanding Communication Process, Barriers to Communication, Use of tone, language and styles in Communication, Role of Perception in influencing communication, Role of culture in communication
Week 12: Change management: Concept of change, change as a natural process, Importance & Causes of change – social, economic, technological, organizational, Developing a climate for learning, Concept of learning organizations
Challenges of Contemporary Business: Role of Ethics, Corporate social responsibility, and environmental issues

Books and references

1. Stephen P. Robbins, David A. Decenzo, 2016. Fundamentals of Management, Pearson Education, 9th Edition
2. Harold Koontz, O'Donnell and Heinz Weihrich, 2012. Essentials of Management. New Delhi, 9th edition, Tata McGraw Hill
3. Management Fundamentals: Concepts, Applications, & Skill Development, 6th edition, Sage. 2014
4. Richard L. Daft, Principles Of Management, Cengage Learning. 2009
5. Robbins, Management, 9th edition Pearson Education. 2008

Instructor bio

Prof. Usha Lenka

IIT Roorkee
I am working as a Professor in the Department of Management Studies, IIT Rookee. I joined the Department in December 2010. Earlier I worked as an Assistant Professor in Management Department of BITS Pilani. I have done PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. My specialization is Human Resource Management. I teach subjects like Management of Change and Organizational Development, Knowledge Management, Training and Talent Development, Human Resource Analytics, Business Communication, Management Concepts and Practices. I have been visiting faculty to the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, and Indian Institute of Management Raipur. I have also conducted several training sessions for Senior Executives of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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