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Managing Complex Adaptive Healthcare Organisations BAA757


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
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 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.

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