Waikato-Tainui College

Part One Papers

Management and Sustainability

Businesses worldwide are increasingly realising that they must pay attention to social and environmental factors as well as economic imperatives. In this paper, you will study the roles of CEOs and managers and focus on the key issues of sustainability.

  • How managers approach managing
  • Having the right information to tackle key management challenges
  • How business can measure sustainability and benefit from it.

Management Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Effective leadership requires an ability to negotiate and resolve conflict. You will learn the principles of communication as they apply to managers and leaders.

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Communication competence
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Power and influence.

Managerial Economics and the Global Business Environment

Challenge your economic thinking at macro and micro levels. You will cover theory and practical examples to gain insight into the economic issues facing businesses.

  • The complexity of the national and international business environment and economic decision making
  • How to tackle business opportunities, problems and uncertainties
  • Factors determining New Zealand’s economic competitiveness
  • The impact and role of government in shaping business opportunities and challenges
  • Opportunities in a dynamic global economy
  • Sustainability in international markets.

Strategy and Marketing

Learn to apply strategic analysis methods to an organisation and recognise business environmental implications for strategy.

  • Understand consumer behaviour
  • Develop marketing mixes
  • Design and implement strategic and marketing plans.

Financial and Managerial Accounting

You will examine the use of financial data for diagnosis and decision making, and the impact of budgeting and measurement on managerial behaviour.

  • The accounting system and financial statements
  • Analysing financial statements
  • Introduction to the principles of business taxation.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

An introduction to operations management and the vital role of supply chain management in successful business operations.

  • Operations in manufacturing and service organisations
  • Information systems in management
  • Management to ensure quality
  • Supply chain management
  • Purchasing and logistics.

People, Organisations and High Performance Teams

People are an organisation’s biggest asset, so human resource management must be at the centre of strategy, staffing and change. You want your staff to improve individual and organisational capability.

  • The nature of workplace relationships and the legal and social environments in which these relationships occur
  • Performance appraisals
  • Health and safety issues and requirements
  • The dismissal process
  • Types of teams and team members
  • Building high performance teams.

Knowledge Management

Consider the role of knowledge assets in organisations and the management and use of them.

  • The nature of knowledge in an organisation
  • Creating value through mobilising knowledge assets
  • Developing a knowledge management strategy to achieve organisational sustainability.
Law and Business

You will be introduced to key aspects of business law.

  • The role of business law in management
  • The law relating to the establishment and sustainable operation of an entity
  • The law relating to funding and shareholder/stakeholder relationships
  • An introduction to the laws of contracts, torts, insider trading, transfer pricing, IP protection, taxation, liquidation, and competition and fair trading.

Integrative Paper: Identifying and Planning New Ventures

From strategy to human resources, operations to marketing, you will demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and theories taught throughout Part One of the programme as you pitch an idea for a new business venture to a panel of experts. You will research your product or service to create a business plan from which you will present your idea and look at the steps needed to execute its implementation. You will also apply reflective practices to evaluate learning throughout this process. This project includes group and individual components.