This unit (BMO6506) examines the major organisational system issues that managers need to understand and respond to in the context of significant changes in the world. These issues are considered in terms of the interaction between people and the organisational context within which they work. The unit emphasizes two approaches. First, to gain knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and organisational systems/structures through applied learning opportunities and, in the process, learn how to be a more effective leader and manager. Fundamental concepts about organisations, individuals and groups in relation to leadership and management are themes included. Second, because reflective practice is at the heart of critical thinking, students will be asked to take a critical approach to their practice, and the context in which they work.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the fundamental concepts related to workplace and organisational systems such as leadership, management, personality, job-fit, motivation, classical decision making;  
  2. Interrogate contemporary issues related to knowledge workers, diversity, globalisation and culture facing organisations and managers in the working environment;  
  3. Critically evaluate the relationship between managerial strategies and effective organisational performance;  
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate the contemporary work organisation using multiple perspectives and theories; and  
  5. Exemplify knowledge (organisational theory applied to social and personal context), skills (such as presentation, critical and conceptual skills), and attitudes (such as ethical behaviour, collaborative work and continuous learning) that contribute to effective workplace behaviour in organisations.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Analysis and presentation of case study (Group) 25%
Review Team Performance Review (Group) 30%
Assignment Investigation of organisational systems 45%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Mid term test 25%
Presentation Presentation with case analysis (group) 25%
Examination End of semester exam 50%