Management - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand


What is Management?

The study of management is about learning how to get things done through people. It is both an art and a science. Managers are usually responsible for achieving results in an organisation. In order to be an effective manager, you need competency in problem-solving, decision-making and communication. You also need to be able to lead teams and motivate people to perform at their full potential.

Careers in Management

The BCom major in Management prepares students for management roles with grounding in the major functional areas of management. The combination of courses is aligned with carrying out a variety of hands-on management, operations and change implementation roles in businesses and organisations. The Management major aims to produce BCom graduates who can work in entry level management training, consulting and analysis roles.

Who should study Management?

Management is a discipline that requires a mix of skills and abilities. It needs the ability to manage both people and information, as well as good communication and problem solving skills.

You need good analytical skills, respect for people, and be able to adapt to changing circumstances. Management professionals must be familiar with the economic and political context in which an organisation operates and be able to communicate effectively.


A career in management involves working with areas such as marketing, finance or accounting. The first-year BCom courses (core) will provide an overview of these disciplines so that you are equipped to lead people and organisations.

Courses at Canterbury

Entry is open to all students who have completed the required prerequisites.

Our courses have several defining characteristics:

  • Research based teaching that helps you develop analytical abilities.
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity that will prepare you for an international career.
  • Application. You will learn to apply theories and models to cases and actual work situations.
  • Writing skills. You will be expected to develop a strong capacity to write succinctly, precisely and grammatically.
  • Communication skills. You will learn how to communicate with groups and individuals.


Details of the B.Com major in Management can be found on

Contact Information

For information about courses contact: or e-mail the relevant staff members teaching the courses.

Department of Management
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

For general information on University courses or enrolment procedures:

University Liaison Officer, Freephone: 0800 VARSITY (827 748) in New Zealand

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