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 (BMO1102) 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.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  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.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online tests (12 multiple-choice tests on VU Collaborate) 30%
Journal Written reflection 20%
Report Formal business report 50%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Weekly Online Tests (12 multiple-choice tests on VU Collaborate) 10%
Essay a) Essay Plan and Journal Article Summaries b) Final Essay 20%
Report Essay and Journal Article Summaries 20%
Examination Final Examination (3 hour) 50%

Required reading

MGMT4 4th ed
Williams, C., McWilliams, A ., Lawrence, R. & Waheduzzaman, W., 2020,
Cengage Learning, Melbourne.

N.B. Students will be strongly advised to buy the eBook version of the textbook.

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