Topics: Organizational studies, Organization, Organizational culture Pages: 40 (8198 words) Published: January 20, 2015
School of Management
BUSM 3194
Organisational Theory
Semester One
Course Guide to Class Programme, Assessment and
Full-time students:
Dr. Bob Foo
E-mail: bob@dba-consulting.com
Mr. Jeremy Koh Chung King
Part-time students:
Dr. Sunny Goh
E-mail: sunnygoh7@gmail.com
Course Coordinator:
Dr. Keith Toh
Phone: +613 9925 1458
Email: keith.toh@rmit.edu.au
Note: Students must use ONLY their official RMIT account for communication and include “BUSM 3194” in the subject line of your email.


Course Guide
Organisational Theory (BUSM 3194)
RMIT University

Course information
A warm welcome is extended to all students enrolled in BUSM3194 Organisational Theory.

Course Coordinator
The Coordinator of the course in Semester 1, 2015 is Dr. Keith Toh. Please follow the details on the cover of this course guide when contacting me.

Course Description
This course introduces you to a multiple perspective approach to understanding contemporary organisations. You will investigate contemporary debates in organisational theory and apply theoretical perspectives to contemporary case studies. You will analyse the way that different theoretical perspectives provide insight into the structure, culture and power relations within organisations. You will examine how organisations interact with their environment in a globalised world and explore sustainable and ethical ways of building organisational effectiveness.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
Upon Successful Completion of the course you will be able to: •

Identify, understand and interpret a range of organisational theories and concepts that contribute to the management of contemporary organisations

Critically evaluate theories and practices in organisations to support decisions and actions and select and apply relevant theories to develop solutions to problems in contemporary organisations

Understand, critically discuss and apply key organisational theories to issues arising from diverse cultural, economic, historical, philosophical and social and environmental contexts

Communicate ideas, intentions and outcomes clearly to a variety of audiences

Engage with business activities in a disciplined and ethical manner


Course Guide
Organisational Theory (BUSM 3194)
RMIT University

What the course is not about:

It is not about how to manage an organisation but how to understand the complexities of organisations. This understanding has implications for management but it is neither the beginning nor end of it.

It is not about discovering what is right and what is wrong but what is possible from a wide range of perspectives and sources, and what advantages and disadvantages come with any particular choice.

It is not about passive learning where students are entirely dependent upon lecturers and tutors.

What the course requires of students: A particular form of active participation •

Critical engagement with the textbook, readings, lecturers and tutors.

The development of an enquiring and open mind that enables you to creatively search for knowledge and an understanding of the challenges of time and place.

The capacity to question lecturers, tutors and readings and take nothing for granted.

Understanding a range of perspectives and their associated theoretical explanations as they are applied to various components of organisations

Having the ability to use the appropriate specialist language as it applies to key theoretical abstractions and concepts central to the study of organisations.

Being able to critically analyse a range of organisations by applying perspectives and theories.

Gaining an appreciation of the different ways in which people view the world and show this makes it difficult to discover universal truths, solutions and certainty when dealing with complex...

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RMIT University
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RMIT University
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