MGMT 314 : Critical Issues in Organisations

Business and Economics

2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Contemporary organisations in a changing context. Each semester the course engages with three key issues effecting organisational life, across levels of organisational analysis. Topics may be drawn from technology, structure and design, power and politics, the structure of work and occupations, or other perspectives.

Course Overview

The future of work and the workforce is facing significant change driven by technology, globalization, increasing diversity and the changing expectations of workers and organisations. The intersection of these forces has had an impact on how and when we work and how we form a sense of career identity. This paper takes a critical management lens with a focus on individual differences, diversity and identity at work, and therefore differs from an HRM (Human Resource Management) perspective. Each semester MTMG 314 engages with critical issues affecting contemporary organisations in a changing context. The paper draws on theory and literature on critical management studies, social identity and identity theory. Lectures and workshops are held each week, and these are recorded. Students are required to complete three assessments each semester including a group assignment, an essay demonstrating critical and reflective thinking, and the final examination.   Creativity and social skills are also important in this course as group discussion and interaction form a key part of in-class learning. Builds on concepts developed in MGMT 223 and MGMT 211.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: BUSINESS 200 or MGMT 211 Restriction: MGMT 311

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Commerce

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply theoretical perspectives and frameworks as a means to critically analyse organisational behaviour (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Identify organisational trends and recognise the implications such trajectories will have on the future of work and society (Capability 1, 4.2 and 6)
  3. Reflect critically on their own learning and prepare a written essay which applies theory to their practical experiences (Capability 1, 2, 4.2 and 5.1)
  4. Define and analyse research on key micro and macro societal trends affecting organisational practice (Capability 1, 2, 4.3 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Group Assignment 20% Group Coursework
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Group Assignment
Final Exam

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour workshop, 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 5 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Learning Resources

Reading list supplied via Canvas 

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 02/07/2020 09:40 a.m.