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.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Sutherland

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSmith, A. & Graetz, F. (2011) Philosophies of Organizational Change, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited: The Lypiatts, Gloucestershire, UK.PreliminaryN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2014, Semester 1, Night


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size60

Enrolment information Hanoi University agreement stipulates a maximum of 60 students Cohort recruitment is capped at 60

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Sutherland

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Literature review/critique (Individual)2,500 - 3,000 words40
Oral presentation/debateduration per student: allocated by group members who may weigh other responsibilities related to oral presentation prearation.20
Organisational case study (group)3 students per group. 3,500 - 4,000 words per students.40