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HLTH6209 Leading and Managing Organizations and Systems

Module Overview

This module is focuses on the organization and the coordination of organizations to improve health and social care outcomes. The module is divided into five topics hat align with the learning outcomes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate shared, collaborative and distributed leadership and management in complex settings
  • Understand the development and coordination of strategies within and across organizational units
  • Recognizing, understanding, and managing culture in single and multiple organizational settings
  • Critically evaluate managerial decision making and managerial judgement in complex settings
  • Understand the management, governance and roles of data, information, and knowledge in strategy development and management


• Understanding organizational forms in health and social care • The organization's relationship with clients and community • Managerial judgement and decision making in complex settings • Managing cultures within and across organizational boundaries • Coordinating strategic innovation • Knowledge and information management in complex settings

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Typically, we will organize each session through guided problem-based learning. We will provide trigger material—for example, a case study, a video of an interview, an individual who presents a problem to the class—and students will work either individually or in a group to find a solution to the problem. These solutions will then be shared in class, and further guidance—most often in the form of a lecture or a guided discussion—will surface facts and principles related to managing and leading in complex organizational settings.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Stewart R. Clegg (1990). Modern Organizations: Organization Studies in the Postmodern World. 

Porter-O’Grady, T., Malloch, K (2010). Innovation leadership: Creating the landscape of Health Care. 

Lee Sproull & Sara Kiesler (1991). Connections: New Ways of Working in the Networked Organization. 

Ken Fowler (2011). Designing the Networked Organization. 

Peter Blau & W. Richard Scott (2003, 1962). Formal Organizations: A Comparative Approach. 

Charles Perrow (2014). Complex Organizations: A Critical Esay. 



Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (3700 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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