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MBA8005 Shaping Organisational Policy

8W Teaching Period 1, 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: Frank Elston


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


Policies are sets of principles, rules and statements of intent that guide decisions within organisations to assist them to achieve their mission and purpose.  When formulating policies, organisations need to consider a range of internal and external factors.  Internal factors include risk appetite; governance models; CSR; ethics; organisational purpose; and values.  External factors include the local, national and global political and regulatory landscapes, socio-economic factors, and the competitive environment.  Shaping policy requires leaders who can draw on and leverage the collective intelligence of diverse groups who can offer perspective and expertise on those various influencing factors.  Operating in a way that considers both the internal and external factors requires the crafting and communicating of careful policy and the ability to galvanise the organisation to embrace the values and mission of the business.

This course will examine the range of factors that influence the shaping of organisational policy. Effective leaders need to be able to navigate the sometimes competing or conflicting demands of these various factors, to ensure they meet compliance obligations whilst still maintaining opportunities for growth. You will learn to consult, collect and consider multiple perspectives to shape appropriate policies and to evaluate policies in relation to the principles of good governance, risk, public interest and ethical and legal requirements. The final step in the process of shaping organisational policy is the evaluation and reporting of outcomes. To achieve this, you will be required to apply appropriate communication strategies to advocate to, and engage, key stakeholders in the adoption and implementation of these policies.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Explain the function of organisational policy, how it is developed and the role of business leaders in its development.
  2. Analyse the influences on policy development to illustrate how and why they shape policy revisions and new policy formulation.
  3. Create a communication strategy to advocate for and engage with relevant parties in the adoption and implementation of organisational policy.
  4. Create an approach to evaluating policy outcomes, measuring impact and reporting to relevant stakeholders.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to organisational policy 20.00
2. Policy development 20.00
3. Influences on policy development   20.00
4. Implementing organisational policy 20.00
5. Policy outcomes 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