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MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour

Semester 1, 2022 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Retha Wiesner


As business managers, scholars, commentators, and government officials continue to struggle to understand how to effectively manage people and organisations and create positive and effective organisational cultures, the question of what role people and organisational dynamics play in building high performance and sustainable organisations is central to this debate. Insight into the behaviour of individuals, groups and organisations and the sometimes dysfunctional ways that people act in groups and organisations may go a long way toward answering these questions, and helping to avoid problems in the future. The challenge of creating effective and sustainable organisations underscores the value of effectively managing people and organisations by drawing on the discipline of ‘Organisational Behaviour’.

All students undertaking graduate studies in Business need to appreciate and understand the nature of organisational behaviour. They should also be able to articulate behavioural issues in business situations. This course provides a framework in which students are exposed to a range of theories and experiences within the field of organisational behaviour which will allow them to further develop insights, attitudes and skills to a level consistent with the expectations for senior management. The course aims to provide an understanding of the behaviour of people at work. It analyses behaviour at the individual, group and organisational levels. Managers must understand the complex interactions that influence the effectiveness of different management strategies and organisational structures under different environmental and technological conditions. As well as reviewing the current theories and research in the area, the course uses case studies to examine the implications for practising managers.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. describe and critically analyse the foundations of individual behaviour and its impact upon work organisations;
  2. critique employee satisfaction and motivation as determinant of work performance;
  3. explain and critically analyse how communication, negotiation and conflict management could be utilised to enhance work performance and employee outcomes;
  4. critically evaluate how groups and teams develop and function, and how group dynamics affect performance;
  5. critically evaluate and apply the various leadership approaches;
  6. critically analyse how organisational effectiveness is influenced by factors such as power, organisational design and organisational culture;
  7. describe and critically evaluate the process of organisational change and identify and apply change to achieve positive organisational outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction - managing people and organisations: the contemporary environment and the global workplace 5.00
2. Understanding people at work 10.00
3. Motivating people at work 15.00
4. Group dynamics and building high performance teams 10.00
5. Communicating for success at work 10.00
6. Effective leadership 10.00
7. Managing power and politics at work 10.00
8. Managing conflict and negotiation at work 10.00
9. Managing organisational culture and organisational design 10.00
10. Managing organisational change 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Wood, J, Zeffane, R, Fromholtz, M, Wiesner, R, Morrison, R, Factor, A, McKeown, T R 2019, Organisational behaviour: core concepts and applications, 5th Australasian edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
IMPORTANT: This text is available in hard copy and electronic copy. This course has an open-book exam that permits access to a hardcopy textbook and printed material. Students may wish to take this exam condition into consideration when deciding whether to purchase/access either the hard copy or the electronic copy.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 30 June 2022