HRM531 Organisational Politics (8)

This subject addresses the role of politics in the management of organisations, including change management. Students will examine the nature of organisational politics, its functional use, ethical issues and political tactics. This subject takes a largely practical approach to the study of organisational politics, and students are expected to contribute to subject interactions actively, drawing on their experiences of organisational life.


Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM531. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is equivalent to that covered in MGT540 and HRM502.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and reflect on the relevance of organisational politics and its nature in contemporary organisations;
  • be able to offer a range of possible responses to organisational issues that draw on political rationales;
  • be able to formulate political strategies to respond to specific issues arising in the management of organisations;
  • be able to critically analyse the application of political strategies in organisations; and
  • be able to apply ethical reasoning to critique the application of political strategies in organisations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction and how to study this subject
  • Defining organisational politics
  • Dynamics of organisational politics
  • The sources and uses of power
  • Political strategies and tactics
  • Political expertise
  • Consequences of organisational politics
  • Gender and organisational politics
  • Ethical issues
  • Organisational politics and the change manager

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRM531 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Defining organisational politics
Analysing political behaviour
Managing political behaviour

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.