Courses & Units

Managing Complex Adaptive Healthcare Organisations BAA757

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


This unit investigates theories and strategies for managing and improving complex adaptive healthcare organisations. Models of healthcare organisations will be introduced to analyse their structure, functions, processes and limitations. Complex adaptive systems thinking will be applied to healthcare organisations to understand their actions and points of resistance. Organisational theory will be used to analyse and interpret opportunities and constraints for service delivery. Mechanisms for achieving change through using a range of theories will be reviewed, including complexity and implementation sciences, organisational resilience, reliability and human factors. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis. [Special note: this unit is offered in odd-numbered years only.]


Unit name Managing Complex Adaptive Healthcare Organisations
Unit code BAA757
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Coordinator Doctor Maria Agaliotis
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge of complex adaptive system theories and implementation sciences.
  • Evaluate how individual, teams and organisations approach service improvement and change.
  • Critique organisational, team and individual actions that promote or detract from resilience and reliability.
  • Distinguish complexity and implementation sciences and their application to healthcare organisations.
  • Conceptualise and judge the effectiveness of human factors theory to manage organisations.

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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Teaching Pattern

Students are required to be familiar with all module content by the end of week 10, as assignments will draw on all modules. 

AssessmentEssay (30%)|Presentation (30%)|Proposal (40%)
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There is no prescribed text or software for this unit. The learning materials of the unit will be drawn from publications, journal articles and other credible sources/websites. You will be able to access the learning materials through the Learning Content section of the MyLO unit. Journal articles and other readings will be made available throughout the semester via MyLO


There is a set of lecture slides, recommended and supplementary readings available in the Learning Content section of MyLO. In addition to these readings on MyLO, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. In particular, you are encouraged to regularly review the relevant papers that are published in:

•             International Journal for Quality in Health Care

•             Journal of Health Organization and Management

•             BMJ Open Quality

•             International Journal of Health Policy and Management

•             Patient Experience Journal

•             Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management

•             Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources

•             Australian Health Review

•             BMC Health Services Research

•             Implementation Science

•             International Journal of Health Planning and Management

•             Health Information Management Journal

•             Perspective in Health Information Management

•             Journal of AHIMA

•             Journal of the American of Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)

•             Journal of Medical Systems

•             International Journal of Medical Informatics


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