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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.

Prerequisite: completion of six units (24 credit points) including MGNT607 Marketing and Customer Value

MGSM800 Strategic Human Resource Management

Contemporary organisations both large and small are confronted with dramatic changes in their environment – government intervention, globalisation and increased competition, workplace diversity, population trends, evolving social standards and the search for talent. To effectively adapt to these changes, organisations need well-designed and well-executed HRM policies which enable them to attract, develop, reward, motivate and retain a stable core of high-performing employees. This subject explores contemporary human resource management within this environment. Students will learn the foundation theories of strategic HRM and they will then learn to evaluate and implement these policies and practices into their organisations. Case-based and practical learning is a feature of this course.

MGSM806 Managerial Self-Development

This unit takes the position that a manager’s behaviour can have a significant impact on organisational performance and that the continuous development of one’s management and leadership skills is essential in the contemporary work environment. This unit highlights a self-directed approach to develop and enhance one’s intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and abilities. The unit presents a model of self-development, which takes the view that effective self-development, requires the enhancement of three meta-skills – self-reflection practice, management of self-awareness reactions, and the operation self-regulation processes.

MGSM815 International Marketing

This unit addresses the issues which confront the domestic business when it decides to market its products (goods and/or services) in foreign countries. Studies include macro business environmental risks assessment, evaluation of market entry options and selection of the appropriate entry mode, and formulation of international marketing strategy and programs, in addition to the practical problems encountered in implementing international marketing strategies and marketing programs in foreign countries.

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM816 Marketing Research

This unit helps managers make better decisions using marketing research. Students are introduced to the research process, specifically: defining the research questions, selecting an appropriate method, designing a research instrument, sampling, and then, collecting, analysing and reporting the results. The unit will address the various challenges faced in the search for reliable and valid evidence on which to base marketing decisions and practice.

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM817 Strategic Marketing

This unit provides students with a systematic approach to evaluate and apply advanced marketing frameworks, concepts and methods to make strategic marketing decisions that sustain a broader corporate strategy; building on tactical marketing areas covered in other units, such as marketing communication, market research and CRM. As such, we focus on how to develop, design and adapt marketing strategy within the constraints of a company’s overall objectives, business model, competitive environment, life-cycle stage of the market and relationship with its customers and stakeholders.

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

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 course explores key concepts in design innovation based on the human-centred approach called “design thinking” that provides a managerial framework to apply classical consumer behaviour theories in practice. This course will introduce students to the tools and practices of innovation, deep customer insight, and design thinking in real world applications. This course is based on experiential learning, i.e. learning by doing.

Prerequisite: 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)

All businesses need to understand how to build ongoing profitable relationships with their customers. This unit explores the ways in which Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is concerned with the development and maintenance of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with strategically significant customers. 

This course presents CRM as an intelligent management of the existing and potential customer base, with a view to optimising long-term company and customer value. Issues such as customer portfolio analysis, network management, database development, data mining and capability including the Big Data phenomenon, developing customer value propositions, customer interactions across full set of touch points, IT for CRM customer bonding strategies and the role of social CRM will be covered.

Prerequisite: MGSM820 Marketing Management

MGSM824 Doing Business in/with China

This elective unit examines various issues critical to doing business in/with China, include China's macro business environment, outsourcing and exporting to China, operating a business in China, working and competing with China in the global market, etc. It is designed not only for those interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of modern China as a host country/market, but also for those needing to develop a capability of dealing with a wide range of challenges in doing business in/with China in today's context.

MGSM826 Sales Management

This unit provides a detailed exploration of the planning, structuring and management of the sales discipline in both business and consumer settings. The course blends review of theoretical approaches with examination of contemporary practical application. The course begins by considering of the role of sales within the firm, examining the assembly, operation and structure of the sales function. It then explores the sales process itself, before moving on to consider different approaches to sales, weighing their relative merits and considering where each approach might be most effective. The course concludes with consideration of how best to ensure consistent sales performance.

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, assessing risk for competing projects, valuation and capital structure.

MGSM836 Investment Management

This unit develops a conceptual framework in the understanding of modern investments. MBA students learn about the investment industry, the risk-return relation, asset allocation between risky and risk-free assets, how optimal portfolios are constructed and why they are constructed the way they are. The unit also provides insights in terms of models that explain the cross-section of stock returns, articulating and considering the market efficiency debate, differences between behavioural finance and rational expectations, bond portfolio management, and portfolio insurance techniques (i.e. hedging with derivatives). The unit concludes by examining portfolio performance measurement as the final step in the investment process.

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

Entrepreneurial Finance examines the theory and practice associated with the financing of new ventures. This unit explores sources of funding, risk, venture capital financing terms and models, value creation, and exits. This study of entrepreneurial finance will enhance your ability to finance and launch new ventures, from both the viewpoints of the entrepreneur and external investors.

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management

MGSM848 Strategic Finance

Strategic decisions play a fundamental role in determining the competitive success of an organisation, its market value, and potentially – its survival. Strategic adaptability is essential if organisations are to take advantage of favourable investment opportunities, respond appropriately to threatening competitive moves, or limit losses arising from adverse market developments.

Despite the critical nature of strategic decisions, managers often must make such decisions without the discipline of structured financial analysis. This arises because the traditional discounted cash flow approach to valuing investment decisions is poorly equipped to deal with investments made to gain strategic advantage – particularly when managers have the ability to control future cash flows or revise future decisions. These conditions arise whenever current investments interact with future investments (growth options), confer strategic advantages, or impact (or are impacted by) the actions and reactions of competitors and other external parties.

Prerequisite: MGSM840 Accounting for Management
Corequisite: MGSM835 Financial Management

MGSM849 Raising Capital in Global Markets

This unit is concerned with the way in which capital is raised by corporations in the world’s major markets. This includes a detailed examination of IPO’s and equity offerings which can be undertaken. The rules and regulations surrounding the issue of various forms of capital will be examined. The three largest equities markets in each of the Asian, European and American time-zones will be examined, namely HK, UK and USA capital markets. 

This unit is also concerned with the processes which turn orders into trades in securities markets, and the forces which mould and affect both order flow and order execution. The unit is an introduction to some fundamental market design and structure ideas. At the end of the unit, students should be able to understand (1) how the international markets for various securities including foreign exchange, swaps, bonds and equities are organised, (2) how trading is conducted in these markets and how these transactions are cleared, (3) how the markets are regulated, if they are supervised and what risks different counterparties face in these markets. The unit aims to equip students to independently analyse international investment and financing alternatives and to estimate expected returns and costs taking into account liquidity risk, price volatility and credit risk.

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

This unit is concerned with the dynamics of firm and industry competition within one of the most significant regions of the world economy, the Asia-Pacific. The unit takes the perspective of firms active in the region, both as multinational companies operating businesses in the region (otherwise known as global incumbents), and as successful firms emerging from the region who are, or who aim in time to become ‘global challengers’ in the world market. The unit introduces conceptual frameworks to make sense of global approaches to strategy in emerging economies as well as to within country contexts such as national cultures, management philosophies, national competitive advantages and institutional voids.

MGSM858 Corporate Acquisitions

The study of corporate mergers/acquisitions is truly interdisciplinary, and for this reason, our unit will draw on material from the fields of strategy, accounting, law, economics and corporate finance. The unit broadly covers each of the following topics:
- Evaluation of the strategy and motives for acquisitions
- Valuing targets to determine optimum acquisition price
- Financing considerations for acquisitions
- Deal design and structure
- The main forms of corporate combinations and their motivation
- Due diligence
- Implementation and post-implementation planning.

Prerequisites: MGSM840 Accounting for Management and MGSM835 Financial Management

MGSM859 New Enterprise Management

Tens of thousands of new enterprises are established annually across the globe. Many fail within a few years but many others succeed, either continuing as small to medium businesses or growing to become major corporations operating nationally or globally. Google, Dell, Dick Smith Electronics, The Body Shop, Qantas, Facebook, Bakers Delight; all grew from small beginnings due to the drive and passion of entrepreneurs committed to creating something valuable from very little.
This unit, New Enterprise Management (NEM), deals with the fundamentals of managing the establishment, growth sustainability potential sale of a new enterprise. Key considerations include initial investigations of the external environment (customers, competitors, etc), business planning, risk management, structure, project management, financing and staffing.

Prerequisite: MGSM850 Strategic Frameworks & MGSM835 Financial 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

Managing change is the discipline (in thought, word and deed) of influencing yourself and others to achieve a purpose . The unit provides an intellectual understanding of the dynamics and leadership of change, and techniques for mapping out and addressing the challenges these create. It fosters an awareness of and ability to handle the emotions that change arouses in yourselves and others. Finally, it stimulates an ability to act intelligently in practice, to understand and influence change in uncertain, complex, demanding and often confronting situations.

The unit aims to achieve these objectives in the content, form of delivery and method of examination employed. It introduces students to an open, comprehensible, practical and reflective 5M Action Framework, using emotive and provoking images, films and simulations. Students create Learning Diaries and conduct Action Projects involving real-world action and reflection.

This subject is for students interested in self-reflection, increasing their ability to undertake crucial conversations and handle people in ambiguous, confronting and conflictual situations, and have aspirations for senior leadership. It is not recommended for students seeking ‘plug and play’ methodologies or middle management toolkit as they will find the content and methods disruptive and challenging.

Prerequisite: MGSM870 Organisational Behaviour

MGSM867 Executive Coaching

Executive coaching provides a “coaching space” for enabling others to realise their potential in the context of the workplace and it spells out the conditions of effective “conversations for action” so essential to management. It recognises that while technical competence may be a necessary, it is not a sufficient condition of effective performance and that effective performance requires a well-developed person. It is grounded in the importance of transformation and learning through reflection on lived experience, in the premise that we often cannot see our own limitations or blind spots by ourselves and that a coach not only helps us to see our limitations but enables us to see things in new ways so that we can act, do and develop in new ways. This unit will enable managers to bring out their coaching competencies and practices of “conversations for action.” This unit recognises that coaching is more than a set of skills and that to coach effectively; we need to discover the coach in ourselves. To this end this unit is experientially grounded and aimed at enabling you to discover the coach in yourself.

Prerequisite: MGSM870 Organisational Behaviour

MGSM868 Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility

With the changing expectations of consumers, employees and regulators, being best in the world is no longer enough. Businesses are now also expected to be best for the world: to be socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable and ethical. For financial, moral and other reasons, business leaders need to know how to be more strategic about their CSR, create shared value and work with their internal and external stakeholders. It is essential to look into the organisational strategy, value chain, and core operations in order to shift from a nice-to-have sideshow CSR to a strategic CSR. Strategic CSR is about tying CSR to the company’s competitive advantage and to what it is best at, working from a multi-stakeholder perspective and a long-term focus. In this unit we will look into what strategic CSR is and what it involves in theory and in practice, including: corporate behaviour and identity, stakeholder management, engaging employees in CSR, measuring social impact, auditing and reporting, CSR marketing and more.

MGSM869 Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship means using business knowledge and tools as well as entrepreneurial principles to address social and environmental challenges. A social entrepreneur is someone who recognises a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organise, create, and manage a venture to make social change.

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-sectorial collaboration; and understanding business models for social enterprises. The unit will include class presentations, guest speakers, case studies, group consultancy exercises 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 aims to promote an understanding of diverse psychological perspectives and research findings on the practice of management. Human behaviour in the Australian workplace is analysed by comparing and contrasting four psychological perspectives: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, dispositionalism and existentialism. Topics include personality, motivation, occupational stress, mental health and counselling. 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 underpinning leadership and motivation, encouraging students to develop integrative, complex thinking. Case studies from around the world enable participants to evaluate theoretical and empirical contributions to leadership while reflecting on their own leadership and motivation practices. The unit focuses on leadership’s important contribution to high performance and resilience in an enterprise, with particular emphasis on sustainable leadership practices. The overriding objective is to equip students with a theoretical understanding and set of tools and frameworks that enable them to diagnose leadership issues and propose responsible solutions in complex, diverse global contexts.

MGSM877 Public Performance for Managers

The ability to communicate persuasively is a key skill of leadership. This unit offers a practical introduction to persuasion theory and persuasive communication and aims to develop in students an applied understanding of the psychology of persuasion and the art of rhetoric.

The approach is theory and practice. We will explore both classical and contemporary ideas of persuasion with an emphasis on recent social psychological theory and research. Students will also practice critical skills in analysing, organising, information gathering, goal setting, evaluating and public speaking. 

The unit is more audience-centric than the speaker-centric units that focus primarily on the speaker’s delivery skills. The focus in this unit is on the co-active preparation and delivery of persuasive messages, on the quality of the argument and the engagement of the audience, rather than on the theatrics of the speaker’s delivery.

MGSM879 Managing with a Global Mindset

This unit will equip you with the competencies and skills that are central to developing a global mindset – the agility to see difference as an opportunity to influence and learn from others whose ways of being and doing are unlike yours. This unit will help you develop the psychological, intellectual, social, ethical and philosophical competencies to successfully work with, manage and leverage diversity in an organisation.

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

Negotiation involves influencing how people think, perceive, feel and behave. We apply these skills in every interaction, whether in the business environment, with our family, or in the world of international politics. The path to improving our negotiation performance involves adopting a mindset conducive for negotiations, learning theories, and developing skill in executing the right behaviour at the right time. This subject will increase students’ awareness of the complex dynamics in human interaction and decision-making. The subject will draw on multiple disciplines in order to provide students with key theories and frameworks for managing that complexity in a wide range of different contexts. Students will also build practical skill in preparing for, conducting, and reviewing negotiations.

Prerequisite: MGSM870 Organisational Behaviour

MGSM887 Leadership Transformed

This unit provides a comprehensive understanding of how good managers can become great leaders and in doing so, transform their teams and organizations. It also aims to transform the way we think about leadership; to one where the art is as important as the science. The unit has been developed to equip those in middle to senior management positions with the insights and tools to transform their leadership effectiveness.

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

Today's competitive market demands that people in all business functions leverage the operations and supply chain areas as competitive weapons in global markets. The execution of an organisation's strategy is an important role of business operations. The procedures, processes, systems and methods used within an organisation are an inherent component of its success. In the 2000s, the effective management of operations and supply chains are being recognised as the key source of competitive advantage. Focusing on the entire value chain or the supply chain is needed in order to manage the intricacies of the global marketplace.

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

Innovation can happen through new products and services, new markets and new processes. Within this context, today’s innovators are seen as entrepreneurs as well, and in this unit, the key theories and research on innovation and entrepreneurship are reviewed and synthesized with emphasis on the practice of both these areas applied in a broader context. Areas covered include the study of innovation as a process; sources, adoption and diffusion of innovation; open innovation; risks of technology transfer; social entrepreneurship; creation of growth and sustainability; and interfaces between innovation, entrepreneurship and business competitiveness.

Prerequisite: minimum completion of 6 units (24 credit points)

MGSM906 Project Based Management

This unit will equip you with understanding of the key processes, terminology and concepts relevant to the project based management approach. It will also explore the issues as more and more of the important work of organisations is carried out in projects, and project management competency becomes a core competency of successful organisations. There will be a focus on the integrative process of project management, and the key project management knowledge areas as described in the Global Project Management Framework adopted by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The knowledge and insights gained from this unit will position you well to succeed in future organisations.

MGSM950 Report 1

This is an individual thesis-styled unit requiring a report of approximately 10,000 words on a research project. Identification of client, subject and thesis content is to be negotiated with a nominated MGSM academic supervisor and approval given by the MGSM Director Higher Degrees Research prior to commencement of this unit. The aim of this unit is to provide experience with in-depth research on a specific topic. Along with systematic development of a topic of research, students gain experience in the execution, analysis and presentation of a research project. Students are encouraged to publish their findings.  

Prerequisite: permission of the Program Director

MGSM951 Report 2

This is an individual thesis-styled unit requiring a report of approximately 10,000 words on a research project. Identification of client, subject and thesis content is to be negotiated with a nominated MGSM academic supervisor and approval given by the MGSM Director Higher Degrees Research prior to commencement of this unit. The aim of this unit is to provide experience with in-depth research on a specific topic. Along with systematic development of a topic of research, students gain experience in the execution, analysis and presentation of a research project. Students are encouraged to publish their findings.

Prerequisite: MGSM950 Report 1 and permission of the Program Director

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 subject and dissertation content should be negotiated with an MGSM academic supervisor and approval given by the Director Higher Degrees Research prior to commencement of this unit. The aim of this unit is to provide experience with in-depth research on a specific topic. Along with systematic development of a topic of research, students gain experience in the execution, analysis and presentation of a research project. Students are encouraged to publish their findings.

Two Unit Equivalent
Prerequisite: completion of six units (24 credit points) and permission of the Program Director

MGSM953 Management Consulting and Research

This unit is designed to introduce students to the management consulting sector and to enable them to confidently use the practice and processes of management consulting in the context of working on a specific, identified business issue for a client.

The unit is designed to enable participants to assume the role of consultants to management and presents an intense experiential learning opportunity in a ‘real world’ situation. As such the unit is structured so that participants develop creative results-oriented solutions to the issue(s) faced by the client and to obtain the client’s engagement and ‘buy-in’ to the recommended solutions.

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

MGSM955 Management Internship

The Management Internship is a 10-week research-based work placement giving students at advanced stages in their MBA an opportunity to work in an Australian organisation on a ‘real time’ business project. Interns work independently or as part of a team from the organisation under the supervision of an MGSM academic and a key contact or client sponsor. At the conclusion of the internship the student will typically present and then submit a report to the sponsor and MGSM. Interns are required to have advanced communication, research, writing, consulting and project management skills. The challenging projects demand high levels of commitment in time and a high level of intellectual rigour.

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

View the Unit Guide.

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.

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.

MGSM986 Leadership Innovation in Healthcare

This unit has been developed to equip current and future leaders in the healthcare sector with the necessary knowledge and skills to make significant improvements in the design and delivery of healthcare services. The unit provides a comprehensive analysis of the primary elements comprising the Australian healthcare system. It is intended to benefit current or prospective healthcare practitioners in the public and private sectors by addressing issues facing organisational leaders, clinicians, senior and middle managers, administrators and planners employed in health departments/agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, care facilities, medical device companies, etc. The unit addresses the key topics that are associated with the health status and care needs of Australians, inter-governmental relations, stakeholders and their interests, international trends and changing patterns of care.

MGSM987 Law and Management

This unit examines operational aspects of the Australian legal system of practical concern to managers. Particular attention is paid to business agreements, types of business organisations, various participants, and their roles and responsibilities in business and regulation with respect to commercial trade. The focus is on understanding the legal environment of business as a means to more effective management.

MGSM989 International Perspectives: Study Tour

This unit examines critical issues and challenges facing both Chinese and foreign invested businesses operating in China, and their practice in dealing with these issues/challenges. In recognition of participants’ varied interests, this subject is approached on a self-directed learning basis in an experiential and project-based format, incorporating an overseas study visit.

Prior to making on-site visits to business hosts operating in China, syndicate groups will conduct background research into those companies. In addition, they will undertake extensive research into best practices in marketing/doing business, and into the various key issues specifically related to marketing/doing business in China. Following the study visit participants, working individually, will develop a comprehensive report integrating their learning with a critical evaluation of the “best practices” in marketing/doing business in China.

 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 or MGSM815 or MGSM824
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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