ORGANISATIONAL ANALYSIS

BUA5OA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to explore and analyse different philosophical perspectives and approaches to organisational design and change. It will encourage a critical evaluation of current thinking on organisational design, structuring and change approaches. By examining arguments and assumptions underpinning key philosophies that are used to 'diagnose' organisations, it will explore and challenge the tools and techniques each prescribe for designing organisations and implementing change interventions. Through critical application of different philosophical perspectives to practical organisational change case studies, students will be encouraged to move beyond prescriptive, paradigm-centred theories of organising, and learn to understand and manage the opportunities and constraints each perspective offers in designing innovative, flexible, and adaptive organisations.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in LMMBA or HZMBHA or LMMBAH or LMMBAA or LZFABA to do this subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BUO5OA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings Philosophies of Organizational ChangePreliminarySmith, A. & Graetz, F. (2011)Edward Elgar Publishing Limited: The Lypiatts, Gloucestershire, UK.
ReadingsManagement and Organisation Theory: A Jossey-Bass ReaderPrescribedMiles, JA (2012)Wiley

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically research the body of knowledge and fundamental themes and issues surrounding specific organisational behaviours

Activities:
Assessed individual assignments x 2, and in-class assessed and unassessed group exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Analyse and critically reflect upon specific organisational problems in behavioural terms and develop practical and evidence-based approaches for resolving those problems.

Activities:
Assessed individual assignments x 2, and in-class assessed and unassessed group exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Evaluate the appropriateness of different organisational change perspectives to understand and address organisational issues.

Activities:
Assessed individual assignments x 2, and in-class assessed and unassessed group exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Evaluate the opportunities and constraints each change perspective offers in designing innovative, flexible, and adaptive organisations.

Activities:
Assessed individual assignments x 2, and in-class assessed and unassessed group exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Develop and apply socially responsible and sustainable change management practices in contemporary organisations.

Activities:
Assessed individual assignments x 2, and in-class assessed and unassessed group exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 2, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on any day including weekend at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Please refer to MBA Student Information LMS Page for days and times."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 12500 words35 01, 02, 05
Individual written assignment 22500 words35 03, 04, 05
In Class Group Activities x Three3 x 500 words30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Week 11-20, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 11 - 19
Five 6.0 hours block mode per study period on weekends during the day from week 11 to week 19 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Please refer to MBA Student Information LMS Page for dates and times."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 12500 words35 01, 02, 05
Individual written assignment 22500 words35 03, 04, 05
In Class Group Activities x Three3 x 500 words30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Vietnam, 2018, Week 19-26, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 19 - 26
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 19 to week 26 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 12500 words35 01, 02, 05
Individual written assignment 22500 words35 03, 04, 05
In Class Group Activities x Three3 x 500 words30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05