Organisation Theory and Practice

MGT30009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

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

2023 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

Prior to 2020 Unit was called - Sustainable Organisational Design 
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. The implications of organisational design and governance for culture, ethical values, learning, performance, collaboration, decision making and leadership will also be considered.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Consolidate and extend disciplinary knowledge relating to organisational theory and organisational governance
2. Undertake and evaluate research on the responsiveness of organisational design
3. Critique and apply techniques for increasing stakeholder engagement in product and service design and delivery
4. Evaluate the implications of collaborative decision making approaches for organisational design, governance, innovation and effectiveness
5. Develop and demonstrate capabilities for social capital building by engaging collaboratively in group work