The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


Lectures 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

Assumed knowledge

MNGT2001 Business Strategy

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Briefing note

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Student-led tutorial case analysis

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Written Case Analysis

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Quiz: Quiz