Management and Leadership Major - Bachelor of Business

Do you like the idea of developing innovative ways to make businesses and other organisations run as efficiently as possible? Study management and leadership as part of the Bachelor of Business degree.

Organisations of all sizes, types and industries need managers who can deal with the myriad demands of leadership in the modern environment. Profitability, sustainability, innovation, social responsibility, stakeholder relations, market share and resource utilisation are just some of the issues that managers must face, which make this a stimulating and challenging career direction.

A key aspect of management is the ability to get the best out of people, to motivate them and integrate their own professional development with the requirements of the business. This calls for extremely well-developed interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, allied to a strong sense of commercial awareness.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

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As a management and leadership student you learn about managing in different organisational types, sizes and industries. You'll become familiar with strategy development, how to lead to create change, how to assess the future of work, how to build resilience in yourself and others, as well sustainability, social responsibility and stakeholder relations.

Year 1

In the first semester, you take four core courses that cover fundamental business concepts:

In Semester 2, you study:

You may also study another course related to management and leadership, and start to take the first courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Year 2 & 3

You gain an understanding of the factors that influence people’s behaviour in organisations, learn processes to manage projects and change in the workplace, and analyse aspects of developing and managing people.

Management and leadership courses may include:

You also continue to take courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Workplace experience

Work integrated learning is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to do a placement in an organisation of your choice, do a virtual internship or complete a research project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent placements included:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Auckland Council
  • Coca-Cola Amatil NZ
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Vodafone NZ
  • Waitemata District Health Board

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Read more about workplace experience in AUT programmes, how it works and why it’s so beneficial when you start your career.

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Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Current students looking for specific requirements for business majors should refer to Canvas.

Career opportunities when you study the Management and Leadership major

  • Manager or executive
  • Business researcher
  • Functional manager
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Small business operator

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Management Careers

Key features
  • Management skills are in demand across the business world
  • Can open up a range of career opportunities
  • Includes workplace experience in an organisation of your choice
  • Option to include subjects outside of business
  • Offered at the City or South Campus
See yourself as
  • Having leadership qualities and organisational abilities
  • Interested in change and improvement
  • Able to prioritise and deal with a wide range of people
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.