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Unit Overview


This unit takes a senior executive level and boardroom perspective to understand strategic level decision-making within organisations. The most important outcome from undertaking the unit is that students better understand contemporary practices of decision-making within organisations. Decision-framing will include financial, economic, social, environmental technological, governance, stakeholder and ethical perspectives. Case studies presented by senior industry and government practitioners are used to demonstrate how executives think and act at a strategic level within organisations.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain executive management and board decision-making processes; (2) discuss organisational governance practices; (3) apply strategic decision-making models, frameworks and tools to their own work experiences; (4) demonstrate the capability for self-directed learning and reflection; and (5) respond appropriately to regulatory, ethical, social, governance and sustainability issues.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) learning journal and (2) reflections essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Paul Crompton
Unit rules
Enrolment in
42520 Master of Business Administration
and 12 points 42520 Master of Business Administration
Contact hours
12 x 3hour Teaching Period (36 hours total) spread over 2 Trimesters
Reading List
Online materials/videos
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.