University of Technology Sydney

94759 Future-proof Your Organisation

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UTS: Transdisciplinary Innovation
Credit points: 9 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


In this subject, the new thinking on practices and paradigms and the results from the previous Labs are built upon. The change agenda from the first lab and insights from second lab inform a desired future state.

Participants propose an innovation ecosystem and strategy for the organisation to engage with the paradigm identifying the elements of the practice that embody the paradigm: values, principles, methods, and actions.

The insights drawn from this innovation and across the labs are woven into a book chapter and presented at a symposium to share insights and further catalyse sustaining networks and ecosystems.

Teaching and learning strategies

This bespoke Lab offers an opportunity for participants to apply and synthesize their learning within the program to develop a strategic and bold future-oriented direction for organizational transformation, tailored to the context of participants’ practice.

In this subject, participants draw together insights developed through labs 1 and 2 ‘fieldwork’ to create a bold vision for strategic innovation taking a systems approach to organizational and global transformation. This vision is then evaluated against the frameworks explored in this degree to identify practices needed to enable organizational innovation capacities.

Learning involves re-visiting, revising, and responding to feedback loops to develop a dynamic and responsive pathway to
change that leverages key nodes of change and enables action across organizations and systems. Learners design a bold and strategic vision for the future through self-directed modules (curated to fit their context), online and face to face workshops and a day long symposium event.

Participants receive feedback from peers, academics industry mentors and colleagues in their professional contexts. This lab culminates in
a case study that forms a book chapter which is shared at the symposium event.

Content (topics)

  • Identifying elements for change
  • Translating feedback loops into system shifts
  • Revising the archaeology, assumptions, and hidden rules
  • Dynamics for change and paths to action
  • Reminaging the system and
  • Infrastructure for change
  • Pattern finding and synthesis
  • Reflection on action
  • Modeling and presenting as a leader of change.
  • Developing a case study – writing and publishing


Assessment task 1: Project


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 2

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Case Study


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

3 and 4

Type: Literature review
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 70%

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject student must make a reasonable attempt to meet the expectations outlined in the brief of each assessment task and achieve an overall pass grade for the subject.