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PUB5006 - The Publishing Firm

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Nick Walker


City First semester 2007 (Day)


The organisation, objectives and operations of typical publishing firms. Principles and practices of management in the publishing industry. Topics include the objectives of the firm; decision-making processes; the management of intellectual property, including contracting with authors, suppliers, distributors, other publishers; financial management; the creation and supervision of teams; project management; the supervision of team-leaders and project managers; staff appraisals; the management of specialists and suppliers, including outsourcing; information technology, records and archives management; managing change in the firm.


Two projects and practical assignments (2000 words total): 30%
Essay (4000 words): 30%
Research project (2000 words): 20%
Examination (1000 words): 20%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week plus industry seminars