Course Title: Learning Organisations and the Global Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learning Organisations and the Global Context

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr David Hodges

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5932

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 108 Level 16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This module develops an understanding of business in a global context by looking at international influences on organisations in Australia, cross-cultural skills and learning from cultures other than our own.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • Increased awareness of prejudices arising from own culture of origin.
  • Become skilled in cross-cultural conversations.
  • Develop a usable understanding of the global economic forces that impact upon the way cultures relate to each other.

Learning Objectives:

This module will further develop the ability to manage innovation and change within the specific context of the global economy and diverse cultures.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • A clear definition of ‘Culture’
  • An understanding of the role of perception in cultural issues
  • Awareness of specific cultural values
  • Ability to recognise cultural values within specific frameworks
  • Understanding of the role of intercultural communication and divergent capacities
  • Understanding of how organisations respond to the global marketplace
  • Ability to apply these concepts within personal life, professional practice and organisational experience
  • Ongoing personal growth in line with the ISM Program objectives and personal learning contracts
  • Ongoing development of communication and team skills within the learning community.

Overview of Learning Activities

The workshop will be interactive with some activities involving the whole learning community and others being conducted in small groups.

Learning Groups:
Although there will be some group assignments set during the Diploma year, learning groups will mainly focus on the support of each other with their research projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended Reading:
Students are to complete required reading and any other activities set prior to the start of the module. This material provides background to the topics included in the workshop. Specific references to the texts may be made from time to time during the workshop.

Overview of Assessment

Individual Assssments:

  1. Action Research Assignment
  2. Research Paper