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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the concepts and issues which influence approaches to organisational structure and design. Topics include contemporary organisational forms; organisation-environment relationships; organisational structures for effective learning and innovation; the role of organisational culture; managing dynamic processes in the workplace; and the impact of knowledge workers on organisational structure and processes. Topics are reinforced through analysis of a range of case studies designed to strengthen students' analytical and problem-solving skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Enterprise and Innovation major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Management major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe and discuss theories, concepts and models of organisational learning and innovation pertaining to firms in knowledge-intensive industries; (2) describe and discuss key processes and mechanisms that organisations need to develop in order to build learning and innovation capabilities to achieve long-term competitive advantage; (3) discuss the role of leadership, organisational structure and processes in facilitating organisational learning and innovation; (4) explain and identify the potential issues and problems that managers and leaders encounter in the effective management of organisational learning and innovation; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of the unit's content through its application to solving problems in real-life case studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) case analysis (25% individual, 10% group); and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christine Soo
Unit rules
MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour
or MGMX1135 Organisational Behaviour
or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations
or MGMX1136 Management and Organisations
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.