Student Book of Knowledge - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Department


The Department of Management is now located in Block K, Ilam Apartments, Homestead Lane. The reception area for all student enquiries is now located on the ground floor of Block K.

Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 364 2606
Fax: +64 3 364 2020


The obligation of the Department is to create an environment in which you can learn new ideas and critically analyse those ideas. Your responsibility is to take advantage of the experiences offered. We invite you to explore and expand your knowledge about people, ideas, and academic disciplines.

The Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship offers a wide selection of specialist subject areas including: Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, Manufacturing & Operations Management, Management Science/Operations Research, Organisation Theory, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, and Leadership. This variety of subject areas makes possible an interdisciplinary approach to business education which is the hallmark of a world-class business school.

The Department offers mainstream courses dealing with the fundamental ideas of a subject area rather than courses that have a specific application. Our aim is to give students the knowledge and skills with which they can analyse particular applications. We believe that general concepts which are adaptable to specific situations are more appropriate for a rapidly changing world.

The Department engages in relevant scholarship. Relevant scholarship is a tension between scholarship, which is theoretical, and relevancy, which is practical. This tension is manifested in both departmental teaching and research. You will notice that courses attempt to balance theory and application. Some courses appear theoretical - MSCI 101 aims to present "systems concepts" but uses everyday examples for student assignments. Other courses appear to be singularly practical. MKTG 302 is based on "market research for a real client", however, the project is only possible with a thorough understanding of the theory underlying Marketing.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Diversity is evident in the mixture of traditional and innovative teaching situations. Courses may differ in how ideas are presented; the use of audio/visual aids, written material, or computer software. Assessments may be take-home tests or group research projects. Practical skills such as oral presentations, production-line problems, and team-work tasks are part of the variety of tutorial sessions. Teaching styles vary as do learning styles. You are encouraged to reflect on the mechanics of your own learning style. Student diversity is also evident in students who come to university for a variety of reasons, from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of skill levels, and with a variety of goals.