After completion of the course, students are able to:
- explain the basic concepts related to organizations and organization theory.
- understand the principles of organizational power, politics, and cognitive limitations and their effect on decision making
- apply the learned theories to explain how organizations are designed and how and why they change
- evaluate which theories best 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 that 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 the last two weeks of the course, we will look into how organizations are shaped by organization politics and cognitive biases in decision making and how platforms are changing the organizational landscape. During the course, the students make an assignment, where they analyze an existing organization using the theories learned in the course. 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)
|Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen|
- In Blok 1 mag je geen deel uitmaken van één van de volgende doelgroepen
- Studenten die GEO2-2418 hebben gehaald zijn uitgesloten
|Students need to have a good command of the English language.|
This course cannot be taken in combination with Organisation & Innovation (GEO2-2418).
|Additional reading material, such as journal articles etc., will be announced throughout the course|
|Jones, Gareth R. (2013), Organizational Theory, Design, and Change (7th Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.|
AlgemeenEach session includes one lecture one tutorial and one quiz. The lectures focus on teaching the theories, the tutorials aim for applying the knowledge and the quizzes offer the students the possibility to test their knowledge.
AlgemeenIn the tutorials the on-going case study is discussed and students do practical exercises related to the topic of the week.
AlgemeenEach week an on-line quiz is published, which helps the students test their knowledge.
BeoordelingThe final grade awarded to each student will be composed of three elements.
1. Final exam: 55%
2. Ongoing case study: 40%
3. Weekly Quizzes 5%
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Synthetiseren en structureren van informatie • Schrijven (algemeen) - diverse typen teksten plannen, schrijven, herschrijven en afwerken • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Maatschappelijke / culturele context • Ethisch perspectief • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Analyseren en beoordelen van onderzoeksrapportages • Voorbereiden / opzetten van onderzoek • Materiaal / data verzamelen / produceren |