Marco Aponte-Moreno's Teaching
Principles of Management
Management is the cluster of different tasks, roles and responsibilities that enables people to work together for a variety of ends. This module introduces students to the core concepts and models of management theory. It aims at equipping them with the essential knowledge and understanding of the different areas of management, including organisational behaviour, strategic management, organisation cultures, and human resource management. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to analyse the main problems and issues that surround management practice in organisations, using a critical and informational approach. They will understand the main issues of managing internationally, and will be able to explain and evaluate the main environmental, strategic, and operating concerns facing organisations and managers nowadays.
Business and Sustainability
This module is designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of how sustainability can create value for businesses. It introduces students to the necessary principles to measure, manage, and report corporate sustainability performance in terms of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL). Also, the module analyses the role played by sustainable and responsible investments in the overall performance of businesses, and establishes the link between businesses’ sustainability obligations and financial success factors. In addition, the module explores the role of sustainability in companies’ risk management efforts, and looks at ways to hedge climate-change related risks. It also explores sustainability accounting, examines how and why sustainability should be reported, and assesses different strategies for sustainability improvement. Finally, this module addresses practical applications of TBL principles to management issues in four different sectors: extractive, energy-intensive, land/water-incentive, and consumer products/demand sectors.
Research Project Supervision (MSc in Management)
The research project involves a consultancy project carried out by a team of students for a client company. More specifically, the project consists of (i) a period of work for the client and (ii) an academic report analysing this work. For example, students may be asked to design a new fund for an investment firm or help an entrepreneur to bring a fashion product to the market. The module is designed to give students an opportunity to investigate a business issue on an individual basis or in collaboration with other students. The project can involve any industry, public or private, but it needs to entail a clear assignment rather than routine work. From this follows that students normally develop and implement a project plan in order to examine and generate solutions to an issue identified by a client.