Please note: The course information in the course manual is binding.
After completion of the course, students are able to:
- explain the basic concepts related to organizations and organization theory and how organizations relate to their environments
- understand the principles of power, politics, institutional forces and cognitive limitations and their effect on organizational decision making
- Apply the learned theories to explain principles of organizational design, strategy and change
- Evaluate how theories explain different organizational phenomena.
When studying organizations, different social science disciplines do not merely define this concept, they propose theories about why organizations exist, how they operate, how they can be structured, how they develop, how they interact with their external environment and how they innovate. Insights into different organization theories are thus crucial for the understanding of a wide array of social science theories which build on the notion of organizations.
During the first six weeks of this course, we will study seminal theories concerning different facets of organizations: stakeholders and ethics, structure and culture, strategy and relation to the external environment, and lifecycle and change. During these six weeks, the students make an assignment, where they analyze an existing organization using the theories learned in the course. During the last two weeks of the course, we will look into how organizations are shaped by organization politics and cognitive biases in decision making. The course is concluded with a final exam on week nine.
This course is an entry requirement for:
- Innovation Strategies of Firms and Entrepreneurs (GEO3-2221)