Masters Insights: MSc Management – The business research project

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Name: Venkata Sai SriHarsha
Course: MSc Management
Home town/country: Hyderabad, India

July 2014

Manchester is always known for gloomy weather but we’ve been very fortunate to have a proper summer here. Bright sunshine and mild temperature has been a regular feature, making it easier for students who are used to better weather. On the other hand, we have reached the business end of the season in terms of coursework and submissions. It does feel as if time has passed really quickly but this semester has been challenging and interesting in equal measure.

This course doesn’t have a dissertation like most other Masters programmes which means that we’ve got two subjects and a business research project. I would like to make it clear that it doesn’t mean that we’ve had it easy as these modules have demanded a similar amount of study time and work.

The business research project has been a major USP for students opting for this course because it places students in real-life scenario at a workplace and delves into the various aspects of working on a particular topic and other relevant skills. We were given an option of choosing one of the four varied areas of study involving Football, Bitcoin, fast-fashion etc. I chose to work on the football case study which aims to look at the job of a football manager and understand the unique demands placed on him/her in comparison to other professions.

Being an avid football fan has helped me empathize with the competing pressures like results, fan/media attention, owners etc. We were engaged into groups of around five students and asked to analyse the trends of managerial sackings in the Premier League and come up with possible recommendations for the English Football Association. As a group of consultants we had to deliver a comprehensive presentation to the FA by addressing key issues which may have wide-spread ramifications in football.

The second part of the project involved a report on the differences in nature of management from other walks of life, challenging conditions under which managers ply their trade etc. The presentation formed the basis of the essay and helped us in the preliminary research on the topic. We attended lectures to understand the intricacies involved in the running of a football club and other major psychological and financial implications of club management. It’s been a wonderful experience in terms of working in groups and understanding what my colleagues had to contribute on this case study.

We also have an innovative module named ‘Trends in Global Business and Management’ which is based on a different theme every year. It focused on financialisation and banking in the post-financial crisis period. I was completely unaware about the scale of negativity after the financial crisis and our professors succeeded in making us aware about the implications in simple terms without digressing from the complexities involved. This module has helped us gain a better understanding about the crippling effect of the crisis on the business environment.

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