Behaviour in Organisations

HRM60016 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23





Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of management and organisational behaviour in the context of today's global business environment. It examines the major theories and models in areas of communication, group dynamics, individual behaviour and motivation, decision-making, leadership, power and politics, change and resistance, and ethics and social responsibility. It places particular emphasis on the application of theory to dilemmas and issues likely to confront managers today and in the future.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply critical and analytical thinking, including a capacity to question existing practices and assumptions, to the study of management and organisations.
2. Critically evaluate the theoretical foundations of the fields of management and organisational studies; and place contemporary managerial practices within these theoretical approaches.
3. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of organisational problems and issues relevant to organisations operating in a global and diverse workplace.
4. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, and function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.
5. Critically analyse the politics and ethics of managerial and employee behaviour in organisations.