Organisational Design: Agility and Sustainability - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Case Study - Individual & Group (30-40%) , Group Discussion Board Task - (20-30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,050.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,300.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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This unit aims to help students critique organisational design through conceptualising organisations as dynamic entities that respond to shifting stakeholder pressures. Students will critique organisational boundaries, forms and structures, collaborative practice, decision-making processes, complex adaptive systems, innovation models and communication systems to promote organisational agility in complex and fast moving environments. This unit raises contemporary issues such as organisational responses to sustainability challenges, building collaborative capability, conflict, power and politics and the strategic value of networking.

At the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of organisational design and knowledge in the workplace at an individual and group level
  2. Critically analyse generic forms of organisational design and their capacity to facilitate agile responsiveness
  3. Critically analyse dynamic organisational design in responding to sustainability challenges
  4. Critically analyse innovation models as organisational design elements and apply these skills and knowledge to workplace learning
  • Case Study — Individual & Group (30-40%)
  • Group Discussion Board Task — (20-30%)
  • Project — (30-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LMC603B — Organisational Design: Agility and Sustainability

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed LMC603.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The importance of organisational design for sustainable business practice
2Organisation theory and design: towards the reconfigurable organisation
3Organisation design factors
4Organisation structure and forms
5Complexity perspectives around organisational design
6Decision-making in complexity
7The RBV and project organisation for fast and flexible knowledge organisation
8Leading and managing for effective organisation learning
9Organisational agility and social computing
10Innovation models
11Innovation and organisational culture
12Building collaborative capability
13Conflict, power and politics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Organization Theory and Design


    ISBN: 9781285866345


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