ORGANISATIONAL ANALYSIS

BUO5OA

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 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-ordinatorBret Slade

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in LMMBAO to undetake this subject

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BUA5OA

Equivalent subjects BUA5OA

Special conditions Students must be enrolled in LMMBAO to undetake this subject

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills

Activities:
Working in groups, identify and evaluate key themes/issues in a selected reading; develop an annotated bibliography; present to class. Students will be allocated one of the weekly recommended readings from any week. Revision: exercise in compiling a list of references and in-text references using Harvard referencing system
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Demonstrate an ability to draw on theory to evaluate and inform practice.

Activities:
Organisational analysis: report drawing on two to four philosophical perspectives to analyse an organisation and critique different insights each provides
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Demonstrate the ability to examine and evaluate different interpretations provided by a range of theoretical perspectives and demonstrate how these lead to different prescriptions for organisational design.

Activities:
Case study work in groups and discussion of topic readings will provide the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate the opportunities and constraints each perspective offers in designing innovative, flexible, and adaptive organisations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Understand, evaluate and apply different theoretical perspectives to organisational issues.

Activities:
Case study work: working in groups analyse organisational case study issues drawing on theoretical concepts to provide insight on organisational issues that will aid in problem solving and developing recommendations
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2015, Teaching Session 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne Young

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week 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*
Mid-Semester TestOne duration25 02, 04
Individual Assignment (2500 - 3000 words)40 03, 01, 04
Individual Case Study Report (1500-2000 words)(test conditions, 24-hour turnaround from time of on-line access)35 01, 02, 03, 04

Online, 2015, Teaching Session 6, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne Young

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week and delivered via online.
"Access via subject website. Additional online facilitated discussion will also occur for this subject. Please refer to subject learning guide."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Mid-Semester TestOne duration25 02, 04
Individual Assignment (2500 - 3000 words)40 03, 01, 04
Individual Case Study Report (1500-2000 words)(test conditions, 24-hour turnaround from time of on-line access)35 01, 02, 03, 04