MGT356 Management Theory & Practice (8)

This subject examines the theory and practice of management. A number of theoretical approaches are discussed and how each theory relates to the practice of management is considered. As a result of adopting such an approach, it will be appreciated that there can be a variety of understandings surrounding organisational activities and events. There will rarely be a single 'right way' in responding to any organisational situation. Rather, any response will be dependent upon the specific theoretical approach used in understanding the situation. This subject presupposes earlier study in management and organisation theory.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge
Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

- be able to critically evaluate and apply management and organisational theory to the practice of management;
- be able to critically examine the current state of management and organisational theory and practice and their relevance and applicability to the Australian environment;
- be able to critically evaluate the manager's role in relation to organisation change and broader society;
- be able to use a variety of theories to identify, analyse and evaluate key issues, opportunities and problems faced by the manager of Australian organisations;
- have the ability to analyse and write critically about the practice of management.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Critical analysis of management and theoretical plurality
What do managers do?
Ethics and managing
Management, leadership and conflict
Motivation and stress at work
Organisational culture
Decision making and learning
Developing staff
Diversity in organisations


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.