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-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 LHCOM (Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)) or LDPH (PhD) to do this subject


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, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Marjoribanks

Class requirements

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


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3000 word individual assignment 50 01, 02, 03
One 3000 word individual assignment50 01, 03, 04