bus5amt advanced management theory




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to expose doctoral students to cutting-edge scholarship in contemporary management and organisation theory across a range of different sub-disciplines, topic areas, competing perspectives and levels of analysis. Students will be expected to develop advanced theoretical understanding of substantive domains of management research; compare and contrast different perspectives; and analyse the applicability of competing theoretical approaches to conceptual and practitioner problems. A key aim of the subject is to cultivate high-level writing, speaking and critical thinking skills as applied to advanced management theory. To this end, students will be given opportunities to develop their abilities to critically evaluate research articles, and to integrate knowledge from existing research into the development of a theoretical position.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Dowling

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate what is meant by theory, and explain how it relates to the variety of contexts in which it is generated and applied.

Seminars, readings, class discussions and all three assessment items.

02. Compare, contrast and critically evaluate selected theories of management.

Seminars, readings, class discussions and assessment item one.

03. Demonstrate high-level writing, speaking and critical thinking skills in describing and assessing the utlity of management theories and concepts.

Readings, class discussion and all three assessment items.

04. Demonstrate the application of theory to analyse and evaluate management practice

Class discussion and assessment item two.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Class requirements

One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2500 word individual assignment4001, 02, 03
One 2500 word individual assignment4001, 03, 04
One 20-minute class contribution (spoken assignment)The class contribution item is an assessment of students' speaking skills as they pertain to articulating advanced management theory. To assess speaking skills, a discrete spoken exercise conducted individually or in pairs is envisaged. Each class will have a group discussion element; students will be asked to introduce, moderate and then summarise the group discussion in each class. Assessment is based on2001, 03