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Impact of Politics on Organisations

Decision making can be challenging at the best of times but when considering the profound impact that political decisions can have on business, this can be even more challenging. Gain a better understanding of parliamentary and executive decision-making processes in order to better anticipate future political outcomes that may affect your organisation.

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2 Days


Whether you work in the public or private sector, political decisions can have a profound impact on doing business. Sometimes the decision-making process behind political outcomes can be hard to fathom. This program provides deep insight into what goes into the processes of parliamentary and executive decision making, helping participants to better anticipate political outcomes that might affect their organisations.

The program includes two guest lectures by current and former ministers from state and federal politics, giving students the opportunity to listen directly to, and ask questions of, decision makers who shape the policy settings at different levels of government.

The program will address the following objectives:

  • Improve understanding of political decision-making
  • Help managers anticipate political decisions before they happen
  • Assist in identifying when politics is likely to shape policy outcomes differently
  • Better understand how to approach politicians when seeking to shape policy. 

Who will benefit

This program is designed for managers in both the public and private sector who need or want to better understand political decision making and how it impacts their organisation.


Learning Outcomes

Why attend:

  • Understand the different ways political decisions are likely to affect public and private organisations
  • Understand the policy making processes of political parties, parliaments and governments
  • Understand past examples of political decision making and their effect on organisations
  • Expose students to current and former politicians to better appreciate the various elements that go into political decision-making.

About the Facilitator

Peter van Onselen

Peter van Onselen is an Australian political academic, author and commentator. He is currently Winthrop Professor of politics and public policy at The University of Western Australia, teaching into the MBA program within the Business School.

Peter is also a columnist for The Weekend Australian newspaper and appears regularly on ABC Insiders. He was previously the Political Editor for Network Ten (2018-2023) and a host on its flagship current affairs program, The Project (2018-2021). Peter has won Walkley and Logie awards for his journalism and has published ten books, including a biography of John Howard rated by The Wall Street Journal as the best biography of 2007. Peter holds a PhD in political science (UWA), a Masters in Commerce (CSU) and a Masters in Policy Studies (UNSW), having also studied economics and public policy at the University of Oxford.

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