Organisational Structures and Design

Course code MNGT3004Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

The fundamental issues of organisation structure and design are examined exposing students to the various theories and models underlying trade-offs and choices in organisation structures. The course delineates the problems which arise in designing effective organisations and addresses the central issues of the relationship between the structures and processes of organisations. Critical discussion, analysis, and experiential exercises enhance your knowledge, skills and attributes.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical relevance of the theoretical paradigms surrounding organisation design
2. Exhibit an awareness of the key contemporary issues in organisation design and theory
3. Describe the range of determinants affecting organisation structure and design
4. Apply knowledge of organisation design concepts to case studies of organisations
5. Analyse organisations in terms of theories, concepts, and design factors
6. Engage in research and inquiry to design problem solutions supported by analysis of contemporary practice.
7. Work independently and collaboratively to analyse organisational structure, reflect upon, and communicate the outcomes of each project stage.
ContentLectures may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:
1. The evolution of organisation theory
2. Organisations as Machines: the machine metaphor
3. Organisations as Organisms: nature interventions
4. Organisations as Brains: self organization
5. Organisations as Culture: creating social reality
6. Organisations as Political Systems: Conflict and Power
7. Organisational Transformation: logic of change
8. Organisational Domains: control
9. Organisation Design and the future
Replacing Course(s)This course is replacing IRHR2280.
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have successfully completed IRHR2280.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMNGT2001 Business Strategy
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCase study analysis
Written assignments
Examination: FormalEnd of semester examination
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MNGT3004