BUSM3021 Contemporary Management Issues

Bachelor Course Unit

BUSM3021 Contemporary Management Issues

Level: 3rd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Management Theory and Practice, Strategic Management and Planning, Managing in Ambiguity and Change

Unit description

Contemporary Management Issues examines the way of thinking that is needed to address issues as they emerge. Contemporary issues have arisen as a result of past, and current, thinking and practices. Similarly, future issues will emerge as a result of current thinking and practices.

One of the dominant themes in quality management literature is the degree of complexity that the contemporary manager must be able to take into account in making decisions that shape the response to current issues and the future of their organisations.

Contemporary Management Issues invites re-evaluation of traditional management practices. Beyond that, the subject focuses on developing thinking tools and practices that facilitate more adaptive responses to novel issues as they emerge. A key focus is the response to complexity in society and how issues of leadership, ethics, and social responsibility are interconnected with all business decisions.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • critically evaluate arguments on whether management is a science
  • distinguish between strategic planning and tactical planning and clearly explain the difference
  • analyse and evaluate organisational design models for their suitability for the conditions
  • examine different management models and propose how they affect management practice
  • evaluate a given model of leadership and/or management for its usefulness in guiding effective decision making
  • identify and analyse ethical dilemmas
  • describe how a dominant economic paradigm can influence the attitude of corporations to social responsibility
  • explain why the economic system is a complex system and suggest mental models that provide an adaptive response to this complexity
  • explain why the choice of technology is such an important strategic decision for an organisation
  • provide examples demonstrating how ensuring sustainability work practices contributes to sustainability in society and the environment
  • critically analyse claims arising from neuroscience and evaluate the ethics of practices such as neuromarketing
  • analyse proposals that assume the importance of growth and suggest possible outcomes of accepting those proposals

Unit content

  • Evolving management practice
  • The nature of strategic thinking
  • Rethinking organisational design
  • A model for managing
  • The leadership question
  • Educating for ethics
  • Social responsibility
  • Finance, globalisation and complexity
  • Communications and technology
  • Sustainability
  • Neuromanaging
  • Thinking for the future

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Academic essay




Professional report




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

There is no textbook for this unit.

Relevant journals

Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Australian Journal of Management
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
European Management Journal
Group and Organization Management
HR Monthly
International Journal of Training and Development
International Studies of Management and Organizations
Journal of Applied Management Studies
Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Journal of Leadership Studies
Management Today
Organizational Analysis
Organizational Dynamics
Review of International Economics
Strategic Management Journal
Systems Research and Behavioral Science

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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