Organization Theories

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organization Theories

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description
    There is no one best way to accomplish a goal or solve a problem. An organization is one of the
    most important modern vehicles to attain the goal or solve the problem. Ways of solving
    problems differ from each other and depend much on the perspectives or metaphors about an
    organization. Every method or theory has its own strengths and limitations. This course will
    present various perspectives of an organization with a special emphasis on features of both
    ?public? and ?Korea?. Korean public organization should be understood at several different levels of
    analysis such as psychological, structural, and ecological as well as various theoretical lenses. We
    are able to understand such psychological factors as needs, motivations, or perceptions at
    individual level. At structural level, we can find a lot of interaction patterns or group dynamics
    within and between organizations. And finally we must be able to realize that organization is
    influenced by outer environmental or cultural forces. Organization is an ongoing reality where
    multiple realities interact with each other.

    Course objectives
    This course is organized with the following three objectives in mind: (1) To have students think
    critically and dialectically about the concepts and theories of organization. Critical thinking is
    related to the capacity of asking questions and dialectical thought is directly connection with an
    ability to answer those questions. (2) To have students understand the dimensions of public
    organization precisely by comparing them with those of private organization. Public bureaucracy
    differs in many points from business or social enterprise. This course wants to have students find
    out as many criteria of comparison as possible through critical and dialectical thinking. (3) To have students get knowledge or skills needed to diagnose and design a public organization. The
    knowledge or skills will help students understand the relationship between theory and practice of
    Korean public organization.

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