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MBA8004 Leading a High-Performance Culture

8W Teaching Period 4, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Melissa Johnson Morgan


Pre-requisite: MBA8001 and MBA8002 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MBAL or GDBA or GCBA


An organisational culture is a combination of systems and processes that drive competitive advantage. A key part of organisational culture is how the people organise their work and communications. This is known as organisational culture and is reflected in the values, behaviours and norms that determine how and why things get done.  A company’s organisational culture facilitates and drives staff engagement and work practices designed to achieve high-performance. Building and sustaining a high-performance culture requires an understanding of the current culture, and company systems and processes to identify what (if anything) needs changing. A high-performance culture requires you to leverage your leadership identity to create synergies in organisational culture, the organisation’s mission and purpose and the systems and infrastructure of the company.

This course focuses on providing you with the skills and knowledge required to build and lead a high-performance culture that is aligned to the organisation's mission and vision. You will integrate models of relevant theories and perspectives to inform your understanding of the organisation's purpose, structure and culture. You will develop strategies to create an inclusive organisational culture that considers the impact of power, diversity and geography and that aligns with the organisation's mission. Your leadership identity will also inform the strategic approach to take when building and sustaining a high-performance culture.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Reflect on how leadership identity, a company’s mission, systems and processes and the behaviours and norms of employees can be shaped to develop a high-performance culture.
  2. Diagnose an organisational culture using relevant methodologies and tools.
  3. Incorporate inclusive and culturally appropriate approaches to create a high-performance culture that aligns to the organisation’s purpose, values, structure and geography.
  4. Develop a strategy to implement and sustain a high-performance culture


Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining an organisational culture  15.00
2. Theories and perspectives on organisational culture  15.00
3. Cultural analysis and diagnostic frameworks 15.00
4. Work systems that support a high-performance culture 15.00
5. Managing cultural shift 20.00
6. Implementing and leading a sustainable high-performance culture  20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Workbook activities weeks 1-3 30
Workbook activities weeks 4-6 30
Report 40
Date printed 27 June 2022