Leadership, Management and Organisation Dynamics program

Designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop their capabilities in organisational leadership and management.



Part-time 3 years


York Street, Sydney

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face coursework in blocks of days, plus online sessions 


Foster your analytic and academic skills by deepening your understanding of the unique demands of particular work systems.
Enhance your appreciation of the professional, political, cultural, emotional and ethical nuances of organisational life.

The Leadership, Management and Organisation Dynamics program is designed for work-experienced professionals who wish to develop their managerial capacities through the application of systems psychodynamic concepts to their actual experience of managing.

The program supports the development of individual capacities to shape and take up work roles that are meaningful, values-based, and which serve the ultimate purpose of the organisation.

It provides industry relevant, post-graduate education grounded in rigorous conceptual development and work experience and provides opportunities for engagement with real world learning in a social and global context.


The Leadership, Management and Organisation Dynamics program integrates work experience with academic theory.

Participants can expect a program that:

  • integrates work experience with academic theory
  • uses international industry benchmarking to enhance course development, delivery and relevance
  • provides opportunities for engagement with real world learning in a social and global context
  • facilitates connections across disciplines and contexts through an integration of psychological, sociological, anthropological and philosophical approaches to organisations.


The Leadership, Management and Organisation Dynamics program is designed for learning to be problem-based within a conceptional framework for understanding organisation dynamics.
It is offered on a part time basis to people with an appropriate level of work responsibility and experience.

The program is designed around cohorts of participants learning together across time.  It is a ‘temporary’ organisation within which students study the emerging classroom dynamics alongside the issues that concern them within their own organisations.  Small participation cohorts (twenty or less) enter Year 1 and remain together as a learning group, as far a possible, across the three year program.

Assessment reflects the focus on work-integrated learning.  The assignments are practical in application whilst also requiring use of rigorous theoretical concepts.

The program is a carefully designed learning experience that is tailored to support incremental learning that builds semester by semester across the program.

program CONTENT

Psychodynamic theories are studied as a basis for understanding, withstanding and creatively managing unconscious defences which impede work group functioning and task accomplishment.

Participants in this program will:

  • Learn how to use ‘role’ as a unit of analysis in exploring organisational dynamics and behaviour,
  • Analyse the conjunction of technology and human behaviour (socio-technics) as a principal feature of organisation design and the social architecture of work relations,
  • Take a ‘systems’ perspective on the management of connections, sometimes hidden or unconscious, between people, tasks, structure, technologies and context
  • Develop the capacity to think with, and to lead, others purposefully in the face of change and uncertainty.
  • Use action research methods for collaborative discovery and problem solving in work settings, and
  • Sharpen writing skills for clarification of thinking and communication, dissemination and publication of thoughts, working hypotheses, reasoned analyses and research findings to relevant stakeholders.


The program is offered in part-time mode only.  In total completion requires six semesters of part time involvement.

Participants are taught in blocks of 2, 3 or 5 days with online sessions supplementing the face-to-face classes.


LMOD1 Organisations and Management through the Art of Metaphor

LMOD2 Unconscious Dynamics in Groups and Systems

LMOD3 ‘Through a Cultural Lens’: Collaborating with the ‘other’ at work

LMOD4 Systems Psychodynamic Consulting


LMOD5 Strategy in Complex Systems

LMOD6 Organisational Role Analysis

LMOD7 Managing Beyond Organisational Boundaries: Networks and other Relations

LMOD8 Leadership and Authority for Role and Task


LMOD9 Action Research 1, 2 & 3

LMOD10 Publishing and Disseminating Action Research.


LMOD 1, Organisations and Management through the Art of Metaphor and LMOD 2 Unconscious Dynamics in Groups and Systems must be the first subjects undertaken as these are foundational.
LMOD9 is pre-requisite for LMOD 10.


Completion of a three year Bachelor degree or equivalent AND at least five years relevant work experience.

Special entry may be granted to no more than 10% of the intake, in any given year, to those who have not completed a three year Bachelor degree or equivalent, but who have other tertiary qualifications and extensive relevant work experience.


WIth the exception of LMOD4 and LMOD8, all classes are undertaken at Ikon House, York Street, Sydney.

Classes for LMOD4 and LMOD8 will be held in Melbourne CBD.


Fees are payable by the due date before each subject begins.  In 2018 the fee is $2,625 per subject.

Fees will be invoiced subject by subject.

Payment can be made my direct deposit or credit card.

There are no incidental fees charged for this program.

Fees are reviewed each year with the new schedule published each May for the following year.

Many employers have study support policies that include financial and other support.  Speak to your employer to find out if you are eligible to recieve such assistance during your postgraduate studies.  Employers gain significantly from the studies undertaken.

Application for ‘Leave of Absence’ must occur prior to the start of each subject.  Fees will not be refunded after subject classes begin.


Post-graduate application.

Application for the program involves completion of a written form available online at  All successful applicants will be made a formal offer of place after which they can proceed to enrol online.


Award title  Leadership, Management and Organisation Dynamics program

Program code  LMOD

Study Level & Type  Postgraduate coursework

Duration  36 months part time

Fees information  Click here

Director of Academic Programs  Dr Wendy Harding

Contact  Submit an enquiry


Admissions  Application form


Frequently Asked Questions

what is the demographic of the participants in this course?

In general terms, NIODA participants are busy work-experienced professionals from all sectors of the workforce aged between 35 and 60 years. NIODA participants are people who seek to develop their own practice as leaders and managers and to understand deeply both the unconscious and conscious origins of group behaviour and organisation dynamics. They are people with a real appetite for learning and a passion for creating better workplaces.

how many hours of study is required/expected each week?

As a rule of thumb, for each class contact hour of time you can expect to match that with a further one hour of reading and writing.

What do people do when they complete their studies?

Graduates of the NIODA program describe having been completely transformed by the course. They are passionate about continuing to develop and apply their learning for the improvement of their organisations. Often graduates are promoted into more senior roles, find new employment in organisations that are better aligned with their own interests and values or launch new careers as external consultants.

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