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Cultural Competency Within and Across Organisations (MBS596)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Description This unit investigates organisational culture. It considers how it can help and has helped organisations anticipate and prepare for change, adapt to shocks and build capabilities. It challenges participants to apply critical reasoning in managing diversity. It explains how stakeholders shape the cultural conventions in organisations - language, systems, conceptual devices and rituals. It t explores how indigenous culture, community culture and national culture all contribute to the development of ethical standards, product and service offerings and behavioural norms in organisations.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Provide an overview of the concept of organisational culture and its link with responsible management in organisations.
2. Discuss the influence organisational culture has on the operations of an organisation, and on changing those operations.
3. Identify and discuss differing values and norms and their sources and evolution, and relate these to decision-making and behaviour in organisations.
4. Discuss global and local values, indigenous cultures, multicultural workplaces and societies.
5. Discuss the 'dark side' of behaviour at work, organisational cultures and individual behaviour, and identify influences and outcomes associated with cultures.
6. Examine the interaction of organisational culture with relationships with stakeholders.
7. Discuss corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship, sustainability and responsible management.
8. Examine responses to disasters and cultural influences on decision-making.
Timetabled Learning Activities Up to 24 contact hours plus personal study up to a total of 150 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Assessment See assessment items below.
Prerequisites Nil.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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