Course Title: Organisational Theory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Organisational Theory

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


Hong Kong Management Associatn


630H Management


Offsh 4 08,
Offsh 2 09,
Offsh 4 09,
Offsh 2 11


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh 1 08,
Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17


Malaysia Institute of Managemt


630H Management


Offsh 2 07


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016


Universitas Pelita Harapan


630H Management


Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Dr. Keith Toh

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 1458

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.08

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on Organisational Theory to understand how knowledge is acquired, retained and transmitted by organisations. You will learn to apply to organisational contexts and understand how analytical perspectives constrain what organisations view as valid forms of knowledge. You will explore how analytical perspectives provide various insights into the structure, culture and power relations within organisations. You will learn how organisations retain or lose certain segments of knowledge by examining the distinguishing features of the different analytical perspectives.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Apply learnings of multiple perspectives of Organisational Theory to understand how knowledge is acquired, retained and transmitted by organisations.
  2. Interpret and apply contemporary Organisational Theory perspectives to discover limitations of contemporary narratives and models for organisational design.
  3. Draw on different analytical perspectives as the basis for a multidisciplinary approach towards structure, technology, culture, environment and power relations for problem solving within organisations.
  4. Approach organisational design processes open mindedly with alternative systems of thought, assessing knowledge assumptions, recognising implications and practical consequences.
  5. Contribute to knowledge management by determining how organisations retain or lose segments of knowledge by examining the distinguishing features of the different analytical perspectives

Overview of Learning Activities

This course utilises a range of learning activities which may include (but not only):

  • participation in lectures
  • small group discussions, and problem solving activities
  • textbook-linked tasks
  • self-directed online tasks and tests
  • researching topics linked to assessment tasks
  • analysis of short video or print case studies
  • RMIT Library-linked wider readings

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 50%
Linked CLOs:1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.