Managing in Contemporary Organisations

Subject MGMT30002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

325-201 Organisational Behaviour.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: Information systems and information systems combined degree students are not permitted to gain credit for this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Joeri Mol


Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the underlying assumptions of different models related to the study and management of contemporary organisations with an emphasis on understanding links between theory and practice. Subject content will include an introduction to differing images or metaphors of organisations. Different organisational images emphasise issues such as managing organisations as effective (and ineffective) systems, removing structures of domination, releasing human potential, and understanding the importance of social construction processes. The implications of these differing perspectives will be discussed in terms of classic and current approaches to core topics such as structure, power, culture, leadership and change.

  • To examine some of the most recent ideas on and debates in organizational theory
  • To provide you with practical analytical tools with which to study and design organization
  • To analyze organizational and managerial problems through the use of an interactive case study on Sony

An end of semester take home examination (60%) and class assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words (40%)

Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; problem solving; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Moderate level of development: team work.

  • Some level of development: evaluation of data and other information; use of computer software.


Information systems and information systems combined degree students are not permitted to gain credit for this subject.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies

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