Course Title: Behavioural Business for Organisational Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Behavioural Business for Organisational Design

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: Dr. Joanne Laban

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5871

Course Coordinator Email: joanne.laban@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

While there are no formal pre-requisites for this course, students are expected to have prior knowledge of Prices & Markets, or its equivalent.


Course Description

This course examines modern, complex businesses from a behavioural perspective while also exploring a firm’s internal organisation, boundary and growth. It covers issues such as why firms exist, how they are organised internally, what their scope is and what motivates their managers and employees.

Understanding the nature and role of the modern economic organisation is crucial for the design and operation of any successful business. This course applies theoretical concepts to practical issues in business decision making, strategy and organisational design in a professional context.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

CLO1: Explore modern developments in the field of industrial organisation, focusing on psychological and behavioural concepts of organisational design;

CLO2: Identify the internal and external factors that affect a firm’s choice of organisational design and determine what types of organisational design exist in various types of companies;

CLO3: Utilise a systemic theoretical framework to analyse real-world business problems;

CLO4: Evaluate the welfare effects of various aspects of a firm’s behaviour, and communicate the findings.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising of individual and/or group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects. These in-semester activities will incorporate formative assessments to monitor ongoing progress.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT/Canvas. 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 and 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: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

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