Unit description

Examines the characteristics and complexities of modern work-based organisations and the tensions, conflicts and contradictions that are embedded in them. Considers organisational processes and work arrangements, with special emphasis on the concept of power and its application within organisations to resolve the challenges that are endemic to working in organisations. Students are introduced to recent theory-building with regard to organisations as complex adaptive systems that are inherently dynamic and not susceptible to top-down control.

Unit content

Topic 1: The individual and work organisations 
Topic 2: Difference and diversity 
Topic 3: Motivation and employment 
Topic 4: Power and influence in organisations 
Topic 5: Management control strategies 
Topic 6: Employee responses to control 
Topic 7: The informal organisation and its politics 
Topic 8: Management style and organisational culture 
Topic 9: The organisation as complex adaptive system 
Topic 10: Management of meaning - the postmodern organisation

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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