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Organisation Theory and Practice

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: MGT30009

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit explores the nature of organisations and their interactions and co-evolution with complex contemporary environments. Representative themes include the exploration of the structural dimensions of organisations; how organisational design accommodates a stakeholder approach; and the need for organisational design to respond to emergent local and global agendas.


  • Dimensions of organisational design: structure vs contingency
  • The evolution of organisation theory and design
  • Operating model canvas; Interpretations of value creation and organisational effectiveness
  • The role of structure in organisations
  • Decision-making systems, internal coordination, organisational configuration
  • Organisational culture; Social capital building across diverse groups
  • Governance, and implications for Sustainability, values and ethics
  • Emergent organisational design, Organisations as Open systems
  • Inter-organisational relationships, resource dependence and collaborative networks
  • Organisational Change: Managing change effectively
  • Organisations as political systems, managing conflict
  • Governance for effective, sustainable organisations

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