Course Title: Behavioural Organisational Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Behavioural Organisational Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr. Jo Peryman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5871

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

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


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 Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and 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

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4

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