ORGANISATIONAL ANALYSIS

BUO5OA

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 StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites students must be enrolled in LMMBAO, LMMBA or LMMBAA to do this subject

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects BUA5OA

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPhilosophies 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 (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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 (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. 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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, Online StudyPeriod 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 28 - 34
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 28 to week 34 and delivered via online.
"Access via subject website; additional online facilitated discussions will also occur for this subject. Please refer to subject learning guide."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 12500 words35 01, 02, 05
Individual written assignment 22500 words35 03, 04, 05
Forum ParticipationOngoing (2 forums per week, 2 posts per forum minimum)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Online, 2018, Online StudyPeriod 6, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 44 - 50
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 44 to week 50 and delivered via online.
"Access via subject website; additional online facilitated discussions will also occur for this subject. Please refer to subject learning guide."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 12500 words35 01, 02, 05
Individual written assignment 22500 words35 03, 04, 05
Forum ParticipationOngoing (2 forums per week, 2 posts per forum minimum)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05