The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of organisational behaviour and management theory; to assess critically the underlying values of these theories; to assess critically the utility and application of the management practices informed by these theories in the Australian context; and to analyse critically the values of Australian managers concerning behaviour in organisations and to evaluate the effectiveness of these assumptions. This unit includes the following topics: overview of the development of organisation/management theory; analysis of scientific management, human relations theory; individual behaviour/perception, personality, learning, motivation; group behaviour: group dynamics, conflict resolution, leadership, concentrating on Australian case studies and incorporating a consideration of issues of gender, ethnicity and age; applications of management/organisation theory in Australia; communication processes, and quality of working life.
|1.||Critically analyse management practices in the Australasian context;|
|2.||Understand organisation behaviour and management theory and critically analyse the underlying values of these theories;|
|3.||Evaluate the impact of management theories on practical management decision making in the Australasian context;|
|4.||Develop skills and knowledge with regard to individual and group behaviour in the context of organisations and their environment and applying these to achieve organisational goals;|
|5.||Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues in contemporary business and how they relate to the individual in a work and societal context; and|
|6.||Communicate a knowledge and understanding of management and organisation behaviour theory and practice in written and oral form.|
|Test||Online tests (12 multiple-choice tests on VU Collaborate)||30%|
|Report||Formal business report||50%|
MGMT 3rd Asia Pacific Edition
Williams, C, McWilliams, A & Lawrence, R, 2014,
Cengage Learning, Melbourne.
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