Managing in a Complex World

MGT60031 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • 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.

Aims and objectives

This unit provides a broad understanding of the management role and its significance in enabling organisations to operate effectively within a fast paced, increasingly complex and diverse global environment.
It pays particular attention to current trends and pressures for change on managerial responsibilities. The management role will be examined from the perspective of direction-setting, decision-making and strategic planning; the organising role covering structure and design, communications and information technology, human resource management and the management of change and innovation; the leadership role covering the basics of organisational behaviour, group and team dynamics, motivation and leadership styles; and the controlling or performance management function introducing operations and value chain management.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Critically analyse environmental pressures on management historically and contemporarily, and the responsiveness of the managerial function to environmental shifts.
2. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of managerial functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling across the organisation in diverse and complex environments.
3. Critically analyse managerial roles and functions at different organisational levels and in different types of organisations.
4. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.