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Healthcare Organisational Behaviour BAA755

This unit is usually offered in odd-numbered years only.


The unit examines internal and external factors that shape micro, mecro, maso and system behaviours in healthcare. Students will scrutinise how the operation of healthcare organisations is determined by stakeholder expectations. Critical organisational issues will be investigated including attitudes, satisfaction, motivation, teamwork leadership, power, culture and climate. Students will appraise how stakeholder expectations manifest into organisational behaviours, organisational performance and clinical outcomes. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis


Unit name Healthcare Organisational Behaviour
Unit code BAA755
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Coordinator Doctor Robyn Taylor
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge of management theory to understand modern healthcare organisations.
  • Distinguish between individual, group and organisational approaches to understanding behaviours.
  • Evaluate how stakeholder expectations are translated into behaviours within organisations.
  • Hypothesise how critical organisational issues shape and are shaped by behaviours.
  • Critique organisational responses to individual and group behaviours in relation to organisational outcomes.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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AssessmentEssay (30%)|Infographic & Written Brief (30%)|Case Study (40%)
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There are no prescribed texts for this Unit. The learning materials of the unit will be drawn from publications, journal articles and other credible sources and websites. You will be able to access the learning materials through the Content Hub section of the MyLO unit. Journal articles and other readings will be made available throughout the semester via MyLO.


There is a set of recommended and supplementary readings available in the learning content section of MyLO.

In addition, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. You are encouraged to regularly review relevant papers published in:

BMC Health Services Research

BMJ Quality & Safety

Journal of Health Organization and Management

Journal of Management and Organization

Journal of Organizational Behavior

Implementation Science

International Journal of Healthcare Management

International Journal for Quality in Health Care


Useful websites include:

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:

Australian Institute of Health Innovation Seminar series:

Clinical Excellence Commission:


Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality:

Health Foundation:

Institute for Healthcare Improvement:

World Health Organisation:

The Kings Fund

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