Organisational Culture and Management
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Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Explain how knowledge of theoretical approaches to the management of culture can improve alignment between individual and organisational goals
- Differentiate between different types of organisational culture and their impact on quality of care
- Create culturally safe management strategies that can be applied in managing a diverse workforce
- Organisational culture - definitions of organisational culture
- Organisational culture - types of organisational culture
- Organisational culture - theories of organisational culture
- Organisational culture - relationship between the individual and the organisation’s culture
- Organisational culture and safety - concepts of safety culture
- Organisational culture and safety - safety culture in a health care organisation
- Organisational culture and safety - the impact of organisational culture on safety and quality
- Organisational culture and safety - safety, culture and whistle-blowing
- Management of the cultural aspects of an organisation - approaches to the management of staff within an organisational culture
- Management of the cultural aspects of an organisation - culture and change management
- Management of the cultural aspects of an organisation - managing staff for practice improvement within an organisational culture
- Management of the cultural aspects of an organisation - creating supportive workplace cultures
- Virtual Classroom
- Overview Notes
- Web links
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
Health professional demographics show an ageing workforce. Health professionals who are quite new in their careers will increasingly be offered higher level duties in terms of health leadership and management positions. These management positions will be within an environment that is both complex and dynamic, but where quality and safety are paramount. One aspect of the complexity of health service organisations is organisational culture.
This subject is important for students, who are positioned in, or aspiring to, health leadership or management roles and who will need specialised knowledge and skill in evaluating solutions to complex problems associated with the dynamics of organisational culture. In this subject, students will critically analyse healthcare organisations and the management of healthcare staff from within the context of organisational culture. This aspect of health administration will be considered from within a framework of safety and quality and with the notion of a safety-culture being highlighted. Strategies to create safe and supportive workplace cultures will be considered.
The aim of this subject is to provide students with a sound understanding of theories of organisational culture and the dynamic inter-relationship between the structure of health services and the agency of the health practitioner in order to enable them to implement effective management strategies that are both safe and conducive to quality healthcare.
In order to pass this unit, students are expected to submit three graded assessment tasks. In addition, students must achieve a cumulative grade of at least 50% across all assessments. The assessment strategy used allows for the progressive development of knowledge and skills necessary for the student to be able to consider management approaches that are necessary for the student to be able to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes.
- Critical Appraisal (20%)
- Annotated Bibiliography / Case Study (30%)
- Essay (50%)
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