ORGANISATIONAL ANALYSIS

BUA5OA

2015

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  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, adaptive and sustainable organisations.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBret Slade

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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:
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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and 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 (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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and 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 (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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
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:
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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2015, Semester 2, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBret Slade

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 1 (1500 words)1500 words35 01, 02, 03, 04
Individual written assignment 2 (2000 words)2000 word equivalent35 01, 02, 03, 04
3 x 500 word In-class group activities (1 per session over 3 sessions)1500 words per student.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

City Campus, 2015, Week 11-20, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBret Slade

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 11 - 20
Six 1.0 days block mode per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Sessions will be 9-5pm 14&15 March; 11 7 12 April and 16 & 17 May."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 1 (1500 words)1500 words35 01, 02, 03, 04
Individual written assignment 2 (2000 words)2000 word equivalent35 01, 02, 03, 04
3 x 500 word In-class group activities (1 per session over 3 sessions)1500 words per student.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Vietnam, 2015, Week 25-32, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBret Slade

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 25 - 32
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 25 to week 32 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 1 (1500 words)1500 words35 01, 02, 03, 04
Individual written assignment 2 (2000 words)2000 word equivalent35 01, 02, 03, 04
3 x 500 word In-class group activities (1 per session over 3 sessions)1500 words per student.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Vietnam, 2015, Week 48-53, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBret Slade

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 48 - 52
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 48 to week 52 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual written assignment 1 (1500 words)1500 words35 01, 02, 03, 04
Individual written assignment 2 (2000 words)2000 word equivalent35 01, 02, 03, 04
3 x 500 word In-class group activities (1 per session over 3 sessions)1500 words per student.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05