Course Title: Managing Inter-Organisational Relations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Inter-Organisational Relations

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 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2010


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy harding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1492

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 108.16.018

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites Courses:
BUSM 2240; BUSM 2241; BUSM 2242; BUSM 2243

Course Description

The course will familiarise students with the possibilities and pressures of creating and sustaining inter-organisational relations for mutual benefit.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Capabilities:

  1.  Knowledge application and critical analysis of social science and systems psychodynamic concepts and theories as applied to inter-organisational relations in local and international settings. Developing an international perspective.
  2. Critical analysis of the cognitive, emotive and motivational stances taken by self and others in role in inter-organisational settings.
  3. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing about inter-organisational systems.
  4. Ability to work responsibly and ethically in researching inter-organisational dynamics.
  5. Ability to recognise the contextual and environmental effects of inter-organisational agreements and activities.
  6. Ability to work professionally in the field through the application of learning from the course to work within organisations.

Enabling Knowledge and Skills for Capabilities:

  1.  Knowledge or awareness of concepts and theories of basic social science, complexity theory and systems psychodynamics as applied to inter-organisational dynamics in local and international settings.
  2. Methods of critical analysis including analysis of conceptual, emotional and motivational stances of self and others with respect to inter-organisational dynamics.
  3. Development of verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Knowledge of, and practical skills in responsible and ethical research of inter-organisational dynamics.
  5. Knowledge of the contextual and environmental effects of inter-organisational agreements and activities.
  6. Application of learning to organisational settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the conceptual differences between terms such as joint venture, strategic alliance, network management and appreciative management.
  • Compare the assumptions of conventional management with the assumptions that underpin concepts such as ’domain level problems’, ’referent organisations’ and ’systemic wisdom’.
  • Research and study the dynamics of power and authority in an inter-organisational collaboration in a responsible and ethical manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

Group-based reflection on field work.

Overview of Learning Resources

To be discussed

Overview of Assessment

Individual Assessment:
Case Study of an ’inter-organisational collaboration’.