Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will 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, you 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, you 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-ordinatorPhuc Nguyen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesAssessed individual assignments and assessed forum participation

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Student must be enrolled in LMMBAO OR LMMBA OR LMMBAA to do this subject


Incompatible subjectsBUA5OA OR MGT5OBR

Equivalent subjectsMGT5OBR OR BUA5OA

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Philosophies of Organizational Change

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrereading

AuthorSmith, A. & Graetz, F.



PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Limited: The Lypiatts, Gloucestershire, UK.


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Management and Organisation Theory: A Jossey-Bass Reader

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMiles, JA





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Review the body of knowledge and fundamental themes and issues surrounding specific organisational behaviours
02. Analyse and critically reflect upon specific organisational problems in behavioural terms and develop practical and evidence-based approaches for resolving those problems.
03. Evaluate the appropriateness of different organisational change perspectives to understand and address organisational issues.
04. Evaluate the opportunities and constraints each change perspective offers in designing innovative, flexible and adaptive organisations.
05. Develop and apply socially responsible and sustainable change management practices in contemporary organisations.

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Subject not currently offered - Subject options not available.