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MGNT602 Strategy Frameworks and Evaluation

Within this unit, students explore the cannon of strategic frameworks commonly used by businesses, world-wide, to identify sources of and achieve sustainable competitive advantage. The frameworks enable students to follow the strategy process, i.e., analyse and synthesise the external environment, internal capabilities and viable strategic opportunities for a business unit or organisation. Further, this process is applied to live cases, with a focus exploring the trade-offs inherent in choosing a strategic path.

MGNT605 Business Process Management

This unit examines:

  • the key issues currently facing organisations when creating products and services and 
  • the strategic contribution that operations management can make to an organisation’s long-term success. 

After placing the activities required of an operations manager into a conceptual framework, the practical issues in making operations decisions are examined.

MGNT606 People and Organisations

This Unit draws on insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, and economics to study human behaviour within organisational settings. Given the importance of understanding human behaviour in the workplace, this unit aims to engage students to explore and critically examine insights about human behaviour at work to better manage and improve organisational capabilities and performance.

MGNT607 Marketing and Customer Value

This unit provides a general introduction to the discipline of marketing, covering theories and frameworks relevant to marketing planning, market definition, segmentation and targeting, market research, consumer behaviour, product development, pricing, distribution and communication, as well as recent developments in marketing theory and practice. These theories and frameworks are applied to live cases so that students can articulate a value proposition for a given organisation and identify the sources of ongoing value creation and exchange with their customers.

MGNT801 Economics and Markets

This unit examines economic analysis concepts and tools that enable students to set an organisation’s decision-making within its wider economic context. Topics include supply, demand, and market equilibrium; scarcity; exchange and trade; choice theory; theory of the firm; game theory and strategy; market structure; market failures; role of government and government policies; aggregate economy; and international trade. We look at economic variables and how rises and falls in these variables affect people and businesses.

MGNT803 Financial Statements and Analysis

Throughout this unit, a baseline of knowledge is built around financial and management accounting. From this base students are given the tools and techniques required to analyse financial accounting statements, particularly profit and loss, the balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Beyond mere calculation and presentation of financial statements, this unit equips students with the ability to analyse and interpret financial data, project and assess performance of business units and assess viability and sustainability through a financial and ethical lens.

MGNT804 Data Based Decision Making

This unit exposes students to innovative and established techniques used by managers in conducting research including qualitative and quantitative research using primary and secondary data. At the end of the unit students will be able to design and carry out research projects for a given business unit, critically evaluate research proposals, and evaluate research results so that they are useful for business practice.

MGNT808 Financial Markets and Valuation

The fundamentals of financial management are introduced from the perspective of the finance manager in a firm, namely those making investment, financing and dividend decisions. Finance theory is applied with the aim of providing a coherent framework and insights to assist in forming reasoned judgements. Case studies and financial planning models are used to provide context. The unit covers methods used in evaluating investment projects and an introduction is given to the local debt and equity markets.

MGNT810 Professional Placement Units

Equivalent to two units of study, professional placements leverage MGSM's close links to business. Working with a leading Australian or mult-national company, you will gain exposure to business practices and professional skills needed on your path to future leadership roles.

MGNT823 Leadership and Teams in Action

In today’s fast paced world, leaders need to think adaptively and lead collectively. By coupling experiential learning with structured reflection and personal insights, MGSM’s Leadership and Teams in Action focuses on knowledge born of experience. The unit is run in conjunction with global experts in experiential learning, XVenture.

Students will participate in a two-day experiential learning weekend and take turns leading their allocated teams through a series of practical and mental challenges. The two days involves up to 10 experiential learning activities, accompanied by post-event video and debriefing sessions.

Before and after the weekend, students will refine their understandings by completing online learning activities including lectures and assessments. The online component exposes students to various academic and practical viewpoints, including leadership philosophy, teamwork, group decision making, design thinking, marketing, operations, psychology, and personal development. Students apply these viewpoints to their experience in the form of guided discussion, self-reflection and peer review.

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MGNT830 Design Thinking for Innovation

Innovating is at the core of successful enterprises today, whether start-ups or Fortune 500 companies. Adopting a customer perspective is a guiding principle for successful business model design. A desirable, viable and feasible product or service innovation requires deep customer empathy. This unit explores key concepts in design innovation based on the human‐centred approach called “design thinking”. This unit applies experiential learning (learning by doing) by introducing students to the tools and practices of innovation, deep customer insight, and design thinking in real world applications. Students apply design methodologies and innovation tools in a live, corporate project, working closely with a client company, solving real complex problems.

MGSM800 Strategic Human Resource Management

This unit explores the theories and practices that support a strategic approach to human resource management, specifically exploring the link between HRM principles, policies and practices and organisational performance. A range of forces that impact on HRM are identified and discussed including: globalisation, sustainability, institutional pressures, government regulation, strategic choice and also the role of employer associations and trade unions.

Students will examine cases and develop practical people management skills applicable to their role as a manager in a range of HR-related areas including recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development, managing employee voice, diversity planning and employee well-being.

MGSM806 Managerial Self-Development

The focus of the unit is on developing self-reflection and self regulation skills among students. These skills are applied to developing self-awareness of managerial skill strengths and deficits and on developing an action plan to enhance strengths and reduce deficit skills. The unit’s theoretical foundation is social-cognitive theory, which considers both personal and situational dimensions, and their interactions, to be important in understanding behaviour and behaviour change. The unit provides a framework, for students to reflect on how personal and situational variables influence their own managerial skill strengths and deficits. In addition, the unit provides an opportunity to develop a self-managerial action plan to enhance strengths and redress skill deficits.

MGSM815 International Marketing

This unit addresses the conceptual and practical issues that confront the indigenous business when it decides to market its products (goods and/or services) in foreign countries. Studies include: 

  • environmental differences, 
  • market entry modes and
  •  financing international marketing, 

in addition to, the practical problems encountered in implementing marketing strategies and plans in foreign countries.

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM816 Marketing Research

This unit focuses on helping managers make better decisions in marketing research. Designed with the view of understanding the various research methods, it examines the various methodological issues, and the qualitative and quantitative research methods, to better understand and answer the specific research questions relevant to businesses.

Students are taken through the entire process of marketing research: 

  • determining the initial research problem or question, 
  • designing the research plan, 
  • collecting and analysing the research question specific data, 
  • writing the research report to answer the initial research questions, and 
  • implementing the recommended marketing solutions.

MGSM817 Strategic Marketing

This unit explores the relationship between marketing strategy formulation and the strategic direction of the organisation. It is designed to develop skills in: 

  • analysing, 
  • planning, 
  • implementing and 
  • controlling marketing policies in the business enterprise. 

The central focus is the study of market strategy formulation with particular emphasis on the use of simulation models and behavioural approaches to inform key strategic marketing decisions regarding products, markets and competition. Examination of the literature relevant to advanced marketing topics and the study of actual marketing problems in selected organisations provide an important part of the learning environment. The unit also utilises a sophisticated marketing simulation game to explore and demonstrate the dynamic interrelationships in key marketing decision areas. 

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM818 Advertising and Promotions Management

This unit focuses on providing the tools for managers to be able to critically evaluate promotional strategies that are presented to them. The course is designed to give a clear understanding of the setting of promotional objectives and the development of creative and media strategies employed by small to large organisations. 

It explores some of the fundamental theories that underpin marketing communications and current day leading-edge promotional campaigns that have successfully created major impact in their respective markets. It analyses key strengths and weakness of each of the major media vehicles, examining current trends in consumer and advertiser usage patterns. 

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM819 Consumer Behaviour

This unit explores the multiple influences on the behaviour of consumers, drawing from theories developed in psychology, sociology and economics. The unit builds on these theoretical bases to explain and predict the attitudes, perceptions and decision-making processes of consumers in different markets, assisting in the development and application of more appropriate marketing strategies.

Recommended: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM820 Marketing Management

Leading companies are strongly customer focused and thus heavily committed to marketing. These organisations strive to understand and satisfy customer needs while still achieving their short and long term business objectives. Marketing therefore performs a critical function in the management of modern organisations and in shaping their strategic directions. This unit provides a general introduction to the discipline of marketing, covering topics such as marketing planning, market definition and segmentation, market research, consumer behaviour, product development, pricing, distribution and communication, as well as recent developments in marketing theory and practice.

MGSM822 Services Marketing

This unit explores the important issues in the marketing of services including: 

  • the differences between marketing services and marketing goods; 
  • the importance of customer relationships in services marketing; 
  • the importance and measurement of quality in service provision; and 
  • the application of services marketing principles in a range of diverse industries and sectors (such as professional services, the public sector, retail services, tourism, charities, etc). 

The unit will draw on extensive marketing literature in the field, while exploring salient issues from both theoretical and applied views. An industry based project and case studies are important components of the unit. 

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM823 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

This unit explores the ways in which CRM is concerned with the development and maintenance of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with strategically significant customers. This unit takes the view that CRM is viewed as the intelligent management of the existing and potential customer base, with a view to optimising long-term organisation and customer value. Issues such as: customer portfolio analysis, network management, database development, data mining, developing customer value propositions, IT for CRM and customer bonding strategies will be covered.

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM824 Doing Business in/with China

This unit examines the various critical issues related to doing business in/with China, including: the macro business environment in China; outsourcing and exporting to China; running business operations in China; negotiating with Chinese businesses; and competing with Chinese businesses internationally. This unit is designed for students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of China as a host country/market, as well as those needing to develop capabilities in dealing with the range of challenges of doing business in/with China.

MGSM826 Sales Management

This unit builds on MGSM820 to provide a detailed exploration of the planning, structuring and management of the sales discipline in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer settings. The course blends review of theoretical approaches with examination of contemporary practical application, to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the options available to them for managing sales. 

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM835 Financial Management

The fundamentals of financial management are introduced from the perspective of the finance manager in a firm, namely those making investment, financing and dividend decisions. Finance theory is applied with the aim of providing a coherent framework and insights to assist in forming reasoned judgements. Case studies and financial planning models are used to provide context. The unit covers methods used in evaluating investment projects and an introduction is given to the local debt and equity markets.

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management

MGSM836 Investment Management

This unit examines the academic and professional literature pertaining to: 

  • the investment setting, 
  • securities markets, 
  • market efficiency, 
  • security valuation, 
  • equity and debt investments, 
  • managed funds, 
  • portfolio strategies and 
  • alternative investments. 

Literature is critically examined with a view to better determining the intrinsic value of individual investments, creating optimal investment portfolios and understanding current capital market developments. This unit will enhance your ability to make knowledgeable investment decisions and build wealth. 

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management and MGSM835 Financial Management

MGSM840 Accounting for Management

An introduction is provided to Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and the analysis of the Financial Accounting statements, the Profit and Loss Statement, the Balance Sheet and the Statement of Cash Flows. The unit aims to equip managers with the ability to analyse and interpret financial data, and use their knowledge for projecting and assessing the performance of organisations and business units.

MGSM842 Business Performance Measurement & Management

This unit discusses developments in the effective measurement and management of business performance. It aims to provide participants with: technical expertise in the application of measurement tools; an ability to critically evaluate performance management alternatives; and an understanding of how to design performance management systems to achieve their intended objectives. Topics covered include: managing effectively through “the financials”; shareholder-value based frameworks including EVA™; stakeholder value management including the balanced scorecard; and the management of intangibles and corporate social responsibility.

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management

MGSM845 Economic Context of Management

This unit presents a basic understanding of the economic context in which managerial decisions take place and provides some basic practical economic skills. The main emphasis is on the macroeconomic environment and how it affects corporate ability to add value. For example, among other things, students are shown how macro and micro markets work, how to find and interpret economic information and statistics, how to understand the transmission of economic impacts in a global environment and how to interpret the role of government and its policy options. The unit emphasises current economic developments in the Australian, Japanese, US and Asian economies.

MGSM847 Entrepreneurial Finance

The objective of this unit is to provide a structured approach to the analysis of the special problems of entrepreneurial finance within the context of the available funding opportunities in Australia and overseas. In particular, it offers the financial particulars that are required to access finance from the various avenues available domestically and internationally. Case studies will feature in all lectures and members of the venture capital community, as well as successful seekers of funds, will make presentations during the unit.

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management

MGSM848 Strategic Finance

This unit presents tools for valuing strategic options that exist in business entities, with the aim being to bridge the divide that often exists between corporate finance and corporate strategy. The main tools examined are game theory and real options analysis. Game theory offers a systematic, structured approach to analysing strategic decision making when there are situations of interdependence between the firm and its competitors. Real options analysis provides an investment evaluation tool that incorporates the value of flexibility and growth opportunities in an uncertain environment where competitors can affect each other’s behaviour. 

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management
Corequisite: MGSM835 Financial Management

MGSM849 Raising Capital in Global Markets

In today’s global business world, organisations are increasingly seeking to raise capital overseas. MGSM985 Raising Capital in Global Markets is concerned with the way in which capital is raised by business organisations in the world’s major markets. The unit is designed to inform and teach leaders to understand how debt and equity capital is raised by corporations in the world’s major markets including Asia, Europe and North America as well as the nature of the secondary markets on which securities are traded. Participants will also gain an understanding of the processes by which securities prices come about, why trading occurs and how trading is conducted.

MGSM850 Strategic Frameworks

The aim of this unit is to analyse the theories behind and practical applications of strategic frameworks, concepts, models, and tools used to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Strategy formulation from its origins through to the latest research contributions will be explored. The most widely used frameworks (environmental analysis, industry analysis, the resource based view of the firm, the concept of Blue Ocean) and the application of each is studied by the extensive use of case studies that provide students with the knowledge and skills to critically assess different leadership strategies coupled with the ability to develop effective strategic thinking.

MGSM857 Competition and Strategy in Asia-Pacific

The growth of economies in the Asia-Pacific region has presented diverse trade and investment opportunities for international firms. This unit is designed to provide a management framework for developing and implementing business strategies in individual Asian markets, as well as examining strategic and organisational priorities for the region as a whole. Lectures, case studies and field research will consider the experience of Australian and international organisations competing in Asia-Pacific countries. The unit will explore the complex interdependence of national cultures, management philosophies, corporate strategies and socioeconomic development impacting business performance in the Asia-Pacific region. It will provide conceptual tools to help understand dynamic Asian markets and contribute to developing skills in managing (particularly joint ventures) within local Asian environments.

MGSM858 Corporate Acquisitions

This unit examines the various forms of corporate combinations and the motivations for corporate acquisitions, accounting, tax and legal issues associated with corporate acquisitions in Australia. The pricing and financing of acquisitions, corporate restructuring and integration issues are also examined.

Prerequisites: MGSM840 Accounting for Management and MGSM835 Financial Management

MGSM859 New Enterprise Management

New Enterprise Management provides some specific techniques and skills relevant to the management of new enterprises and provides an understanding of the factors that are important to the success of new ventures and the management options for increasing the success of new ventures. The unit addresses the questions “why will you succeed?”, “how can you increase your chances of success?” and “how will you manage success (or failure)?”. The unit is designed to assist those who are currently responsible for managing or developing new stand alone ventures, managing or developing new ventures within a larger enterprise in the private or public sector, and those involved in evaluating and advising managers of such ventures (e.g. financiers, analysts, accountants, consultants and public sector managers). 

Recommended: MGSM820 Marketing Management & MGSM840 Accounting for Management

MGSM860 Strategic Management

This is a capstone unit that has a primary focus on the capabilities and techniques necessary to successfully implement business strategy. It assumes knowledge of the various frameworks and models used to formulate strategy. Content includes organisational culture as a platform for strategy, resource mobilisation, growth and diversification, and international expansion. Students participate in a computer simulation that requires implementation of short-term and long-term strategies in a competitive environment.

Available to MBA or Master of Social Entrepreneurship students only.

Prerequisite: completion of 32 credit points, including MGSM850 Strategic Frameworks

MGSM866 Managing Change

This unit has been designed to provide the framework and skills for managers who are likely to be involved in strategic initiatives within their organisations. This is a particularly important area of expertise, linking the concerns of strategic management with those of the more directly “people-focused” side of management. The basic premise underlying this unit is that the capacity to implement strategic change is a critical complementary skill to the capacity to conceive new strategic directions.

MGSM867 Executive Coaching

This unit will explore the central role of coaching for managers. Because management is based on relationship to other people, coaching is essential to a manager’s performance. Coaching is above all concerned with effective execution. It is the study, awareness and development of those skills that enable managers to encourage their team, department or group to execute with excellence. Effective coaching requires more than an understanding of the technical know how of the business and includes an understanding of the “people” dimension of organisations. Coaching is vital for working effectively with the culture, the politics and the human relationships dimensions of organisations. It is empowering for managers in building relationships. In this unit a number of frameworks and a range of coaching skills will be developed. Participants will be given the opportunity to match frameworks with their experiences as managers.

MGSM868 Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility

While many believe Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) would have a positive impact on their brand and the community, often it is not done in the most effective way to make a substantial impact. Strategic CSR is about tying it to the company’s strategy and sustainability as well as working from a multi stakeholder perspective. The course will introduce students to traditional and strategic CSR, CSV (creating shared value), ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability. A multi stakeholders approach will be introduced, as well as managerial practices such as employee involvement, CSR marketing and organisational change towards strategic CSR.

MGSM869 Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship means using business knowledge and tools as well as entrepreneurial principles to address a social problem. The unit will focus on the knowledge and practices of social entrepreneurship and social sector leadership. It will provide students with knowledge and tools on creating social change and shared value; managing resources; measuring and communicating social impact; multi-sectoral collaboration; and understanding business models for social enterprises. The unit will include class presentation, guest speakers, case studies, group exercises and presentations and multimedia.

MGSM870 Organisational Behaviour

This unit seeks to engage students with multiple perspectives for understanding and managing their own and others’ behaviour within organisations, with a view to developing organisational capability through strengthened internal dynamics. Among the approaches taken are the macro perspectives important in leadership and change, particularly the relationship between behaviour and organisational structure, and the psychosocial, political and cultural/symbolic aspects of organisations. Other topics covered include individual differences, groups and teams, power, learning, interpersonal communication, perception and ethics.

MGSM871 Managerial Psychology

This unit examines theories of personality, motivation, managerial values, group dynamics, occupational stress and counselling and their relevance for, and application to management. It aims to promote an understanding of diverse psychological perspectives and research findings to the practice of management. Human behaviour at the Australian workplace is analysed by comparing and contrasting four psychological perspectives: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, dispositionalism and existentialism. Of special relevance is an analysis of individual differences which includes a critical evaluation of the role and use of psychological tests in management.

MGSM876 Leadership and Motivation

This unit explores the practices and philosophies of leadership and motivation, encouraging students to challenge conventional approaches. It evaluates theoretical and empirical contributions to these important areas of management and encourages students to develop a style of workplace learning through which their own leadership and motivational practices can grow. It aims to develop an appreciation of the role and value of leadership in organisations both domestically and abroad.

MGSM877 Public Performance for Managers

This unit examines the requirements of public speaking situations and teaches those techniques needed for effective public performances and the giving of prepared and impromptu speeches. The unit analyses some of the techniques used in political speeches and oratory. Methods of public discourse, argument and persuasion are studied.

MGSM879 Managing with a Global Mindset

The objective of this unit is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills which are central to developing a global mindset, specifically in the context of international business relations. In this unit we shall focus on both the concepts and competencies of a global mindset. Leading in a global context means being able to influence people who have ways of doing things that are unlike and unfamiliar to us. In a global context we need to be able to bounce back very quickly from the surprise of unexpected and unfamiliar ways of doing things to lead people who do things in a way other than our own. We also need to learn to think and execute strategically in unfamiliar context. This poses unique challenges and requires unique skills that can be generalised to any situation of uncertainty and given that we are living in an uncertain world, the competencies developed in this course are essential to leading and managing in the face of uncertainty. We shall explore the interesting and complex set of issues around the idea of a “global mindset” in a “global world.” These include the relationship between globalization and localization; globalization, nationalism and fundamentalism; globalization, worldliness and cosmopolitan mindsets. All of these will contribute to becoming leaders able to influence people unlike and not familiar to us.

MGSM880 Foundations of Management Thought

This is a unit in the history of Western ideas and their relevance for management. It traces the evolution of Western thought from major philosophical perspectives, ancient and modern. Various philosophies of management are pursued through an analysis of distinguished thinkers: Homer, Plato, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hume, Marx, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud and Sartre. A central theme is that what is important about any explanatory perspective is what it assumes. Since it is assumed that management is essentially a philosophical activity, the unit aims to demonstrate that the field of management, which is of recent origin, necessarily draws on a wide range of ancient wisdom and so introduces students to some of the great thinkers of Western civilization.

MGSM884 Negotiation: Theory and Practice

This unit examines the theory and practice of negotiation from a number of academic and practical perspectives. The dynamics of integrative, distributive and intra-organisational bargaining are analysed and the critical sub-processes of negotiation are reviewed: persuasion, communication, the social context of negotiation, sources and use of power and influence. The analysis and conduct of a series of negotiation case studies, role plays and a simulation, cover a wide range of managerial and organisational issues.

MGSM887 Leadership Transformed

In today’s fast paced world, leaders need to think adaptively and lead collectively. By coupling experiential learning with structured reflection and personal insights, MGSM’s Leadership and Teams in Action focuses on knowledge born of experience. The unit is run in conjunction with global experts in experiential learning, XVenture.

Students will participate in a two-day experiential learning weekend and take turns leading their allocated teams through a series of practical and mental challenges. The two days involves up to 10 experiential learning activities, accompanied by post-event video and debriefing sessions.

Before and after the weekend, students will refine their understandings by completing online learning activities including lectures and assessments. The online component exposes students to various academic and practical viewpoints, including leadership philosophy, teamwork, group decision making, design thinking, marketing, operations, psychology, and personal development. Students apply these viewpoints to their experience in the form of guided discussion, self-reflection and peer review.

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MGSM890 Operations Management

This unit examines the key issues currently facing all service and manufacturing organisations when creating products and services. A primary aim of the unit is to illustrate the principles involved in effectively creating a value proposition and how the value transformation process is managed in the organisation and across the value chain. The unit will also examine the strategic contribution that operations management can make to the organisation’s long-term success. After placing the activities required of the operations manager into a conceptual framework, the practical issues in making operations decisions are examined. Included are the areas of product design conversion processes for making goods and services, planning and control, quality management, the impact of e-commerce on operations, supply chain management, benchmarking processes and improvement activities.

MGSM891 Operations and Logistics Strategy

This unit examines the management of the supply chain and the role it plays in selling both goods and services. The alignment of the logistics and operations capabilities within the overall objectives of the organisation and the way in which operations and logistics capabilities can add value to organisations will be explored. 

Prerequisite: MGSM890 Operations Management

MGSM893 Supply Chain Management

This unit addresses the fundamentals of managing the supply chain, including the impact of e-commerce on order placement, processing and delivery. Supply chains across functional and organisational boundaries and the contribution of logistics strategy implementation will be examined. This includes issues such as demand driven supply chains, collaborative commerce, postponement strategies, third and fourth party logistics providers and strategic alignment of the supply chain.

MGSM897 Management of Innovation

The objective of this unit is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the process of innovation and its management within the Australian and international context, a private sector corporation or government instrumentality, an “old economy” or “new economy”. The unit takes a senior/middle management perspective in covering the management of the “fuzzy front end” of the innovation process where problems are identified and new ideas are generated. It examines the innovation process and new technology-based ways of speeding it up, reducing its cost and improving its success rate in the development of new processes, services, software and physical products. It also examines how effective innovation is achieved through a style of project management and organisational structures that involve the collaboration of individuals and the cooperation and coordination of the groups and functions of the organisation.

MGSM906 Project Based Management

This unit develops an understanding of the key processes, terminology and concepts relevant to the project based management approach and explores the issues of moving towards a ‘projectised’ organisation.

MGSM950 Report 1

This is an individual thesis-styled unit requiring a report of approximately 10,000 words on a research project. Identification of the subject and thesis content should be negotiated with an MGSM academic supervisor and approval given by the Director of Research prior to commencement of this unit.

MGSM951 Report 2

This is an individual thesis-styled unit requiring a report of approximately 10,000 words on a research project for students who have completed Report 1. Identification of the subject and thesis content should be negotiated with an MGSM academic supervisor and approval given by the Director of Research prior to commencement of this unit. 

Available to MBA and Master of Management students only.
Prerequisite: MGSM950 Report 1

MGSM952 Research Project

This is a double elective dissertation styled-unit requiring a report of approximately 15,000 – 20,000 words on a research project. Identification of the subject and dissertation content should be negotiated with an MGSM academic supervisor and approval given by the Director of Research prior to commencement of this unit. 

Two Unit Equivalent
Available to MBA and Master of Management students only

MGSM953 Management Consulting and Research

In this unit students will be introduced to the discipline of management consulting and to several important concepts and practices associated with business research. Students will be divided into syndicates and undertake a minor consulting assignment for an industrial or public sector client. Both the “output” and the dynamics of the client/consultant relationship are explored via the mechanism of the process assignment. This will involve a number of meetings between the syndicates and lecturer. 

Minimum GPA approved by the relevant Program Director and completion of four units including MGSM835 and either MGSM820 or MGSM850

MGSM955 Management Internship

The MGSM Management Internship is a 10 week work placement for a MGSM MBA/Masters student. The Internship gives students at advanced stages of their postgraduate degrees an opportunity to work in an Australian organisation on a ‘real time’ business project. The Interns will work independently or as part of a team from the organisation under the supervision of an MGSM academic supervisor and the client sponsor. At the conclusion of the Internship the student must present a report to the Sponsor and MGSM. The report forms the main basis of the student’s assessment for inclusion on their academic record. MGSM Interns are expected to work at a high level and have advanced communication, research, writing, consulting and project management skills. To be successful Management Interns must navigate a complex array of pressures and challenges, including: the impact of organisational politics; accessing accurate or complete data or meaningful metrics; diverse stakeholder interests and of course the pressure of a looming deadline. Accordingly, entry to the Internship is competitive based on GPA and overall suitability of the student to the project. Since the inception of the Internship Program at MGSM students have worked in a diverse range of industries. 

The Internship is both a challenging and rewarding Capstone unit for self motivated and career oriented MGSM students. 

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Prerequisite: Minimum completion of six units (24 Credit Points) + a minimum GPA approved by the relevant Program Director
Note: Students have the opportunity to apply for an Internship.

MGSM960 Information and Decision Analysis

This unit is an introduction to decision technology and its application in the firm. The unit covers introductory quantitative skills, data analysis and the development of computer modelling analyses for both strategic planning and tactical decision-making. It also covers the efficient use of computing resources to enhance the effectiveness of management.

MGSM981 Special Topics in Management II

This unit provides an opportunity to examine a topical issue in management that is not covered in another MGSM unit. The topic will depend on the current global and domestic business environment and on the availability of teaching staff. The content is likely to vary from offering to offering however each will support the MGSM goals to develop managers with strong professional skills; leadership; global mindset, citizenship and an ability to create sustainable value. The course will seek to combine underlying theory with a strong practical emphasis to support advanced specific knowledge, critical thinking and high level communication capabilities.

In 2017, this unit will be taught by Neil Fraser with the topic "Applied Data Science for Business". Within this unit, students explore the data science tools and techniques used by businesses worldwide.  Technological advances (e.g. online activities such as social media) are causing an explosive growth in both the volume and diversity of data available to commercial and government organizations and in scientific applications.  Data Science is an emerging field that integrates specialized computational and statistical techniques for analyzing and extracting useful information from this rapidly expanding volume of data.  The skills required for Data Science – data management on and off the cloud, machine learning, statistical modelling, big data technologies.  Students taking this unit benefit from industry leading training materials, hands on exercises, and access to discounted certification resources. The unit will provide students with high-quality Hadoop instruction and courseware, preparing them to enter the workforce with tangible market-recognised credentials.

MGSM985 Special Topics in Management

This unit provides the opportunity to examine a topical issue in management that is not covered in another MGSM unit. The topic will depend on the current global and domestic business environment and on the availability of teaching staff. for this unit.

The content is likely to vary from offering to offering, however each will support the MGSM goals to develop managers with strong professional skills; leadership, global mindset, citizenship and an ability to create sustainable value. The course will seek to combine underlying theory with a strong practical emphasis to support advanced specific knowledge, critical thinking and high level communication capabilities.

In 2017, this unit will be taught by Maroš Servátka with the topic "Readings in Behavioural Economics". This elective unit examines how psychological insights and experimental methods may be brought to bear on the understanding of economic phenomena in individual decision-making, strategic interactions, and markets. It complements MGSM845 (that focuses on prescriptive frameworks regarding optimal managerial decisions) by concentrating on the descriptive side of economic decision-making, e.g., what mistakes do people make when making decisions, what biases do they suffer from, what alternative motivations drive their behaviour. Material covered includes influential theoretical developments and experimental results in the field of behavioural economics that are relevant to managers. Topics explored include:

  • how emotions, social norms, and concerns for fairness affect people’s decision making;
  • influence of pecuniary and non-pecuniary incentives on performance;
  • in what types of environment do people behave altruistically and in what types selfishly;
  • how to elicit voluntary cooperation;
  • how to increase coordination within an organization;
  • how to increase trust and trustworthiness in situations involving moral hazard.

    Prerequisite: MGSM 845 or MGNT 801

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MGSM986 Leadership Innovation in Healthcare

This unit provides a comprehensive analysis of the elements comprising the Australian healthcare system. It will benefit current or prospective healthcare practitioners in the public and private sectors by addressing management and leadership issues facing clinicians, senior and middle managers, administrators and planners in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, care facilities, medical device companies. 

Key topics associated with the health status and care needs of the Australian population, inter-governmental relations and stakeholders and their interests are explored to equip future leaders in the healthcare sector with the knowledge and skills to make significant improvements in the design and delivery of healthcare services.

MGSM987 Law and Management

This unit examines some operational aspects of the Australian legal system of concern to managers. Particular attention is paid to business agreements, types of business organisations and business property. The focus is on understanding the legal environment of business as a means to more effective management.

MGSM989 International Perspectives: Study Tour

International Perspectives in Management is a double elective unit in which students participate in an overseas study tour of current-edge organisations, adopting a project-based experiential learning approach. The unit strives to provide a deep-level learning experience and strike a balance between academic, cultural and intercultural learning. Each study tour adopts a particular focus such as socially-responsible leadership (see MGSM886), international marketing, knowledge management, operations and technology. 

 NB. Study tours may not run to each location every year and those interested in participating in Study Tours should confirm with Student Services Centre regarding timetabling. 

Prerequisite: China Tour: MGSM820
US Tour: MGSM836 recommended
Two unit equivalent

SOC825 Activism & Policy Design

This unit examines the broader process of policy development, focusing on how different actors attempt to influence policy development. The unit covers a range of actors, from political parties, Ministers and the bureaucracy to social movements, business lobby groups and community organisations. The unit considers how these groups shape policy making and policy outcomes.

Credit Points:4
When Offered:

S2 Evening - Session 2, North Ryde, Evening

Staff Contact(s):Dr Ben Spies-Butcher
Prerequisites:

Admission to MPASR or PGDipPASR or PGCertPASR or GradDipPASR or GradCertPASR or PGDipPP or PGCertPP or MSocEntre or PGCertSocEntre or MPPP or GradDipPP or GradCertPP Prerequisite Information

Corequisites: 
NCCW(s): 
Unit Designation(s):

Arts

Science

Assessed As:Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

Timetable Information

For unit timetable information and session dates for external offerings please visit the Timetables@Macquarie Website.

XchgDIJ Winter Program; Burgundy School of Business

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA or Master of Management

To apply, contact Student Services.

Titled 'The Entrepreneurial Garden', this two-week winter program hosted by Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne, Burgundy School of Business in France explores the concepts of entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership within two modules - 'Creative Mindset and Entrepreneurial Leadership' and 'Design Thinking and Entrepreneurs'. View further details.

XchgEBS Summer Program; Successful Leadership in Europe

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'Successful Leadership in Europe', this summer program hosted by EBS Business School in Germany provides a unique experience for MBA students to learn about business and leadership in Europe while immersed in the local culture. View further details at https://students.mgsm.edu.au/sydney-students/mgsm-exchange-program/

XchgESS Summer Program; The Global Manager in Europe

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'The Global Manager in Europe', this summer program hosted by ESSEC Business School in France provides an opportunity to learn about business in Europe and the French and European culture. View further details at https://students.mgsm.edu.au/sydney-students/mgsm-exchange-program/

XchgHHL Summer Program; Leipzig and Prague

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'Doing Business in Europe', this summer program hosted by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany provides a unique experience for MBA students to address issues of doing business within the European Union by comparing various economic, political and business climates. View further details athttp://www.hhl.de/en/international/summer-program/

XchgNEG Summer Program; European Negotiation

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'European Negotiation Program: The European Union at the Crossroads', this summer program hosted by ESSEC Business School in France brings together international students with EU researchers, practitioners and instructors of
academic disciplines. View further details athttps://students.mgsm.edu.au/sydney-students/mgsm-exchange-program/

XchgPBC Summer Program; Tsinghua University

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'Financial Leaders of Tomorrow', this summer program hosted by Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance in China provides a comprehensive understanding of China’s financial markets, with the opportunity to explore the nation's capital and attend various cultural events. View further details athttps://students.mgsm.edu.au/sydney-students/mgsm-exchange-program/

XchgPKU Summer Program; Peking University

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'Doing Business in China', this summer program hosted by Peking University Guanghua School of Management in China provides the critical and essential tools to understanding how to do business in China through a combination of subject-specific modules, company visits, and cultural activities. There are two separate cohorts run each year. View further details at https://students.mgsm.edu.au/sydney-students/mgsm-exchange-program/

XchgREN Summer Program; ESC Rennes School of Business

Prerequisite: Admitted to MBA
To apply, contact Student Services.
Titled 'Responsible Management', this summer program hosted by ESC Rennes School of Business in France provides an opportunity to understand how organisations and managers can optimise the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental performance through successful CSR. View further details athttps://students.mgsm.edu.au/sydney-students/mgsm-exchange-program/

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