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Is the purpose of a management course to teach students about management or to be managers?

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There are many different courses about management with different emphases, meaning that one really cannot generalize about the purposes of thousands of different courses offered at hundreds of different universities. For a specific course, the course description or syllabus usually gives detailed information about the purpose of the course.

Some courses are designed to train future managers. However, even students who have no interest in becoming managers might take such courses. For example, students who intend to work as consultants, individual contractors, professional employees, or business journalists might find a practical course on management useful for understanding how managers operate in order to work well with managers.

Similarly, a more abstract course in management theory or the history of management might help a student understand fundamental principles in a manner that would help him in her future career as a manager.

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