Organizational Theory (in English)-- Spring Semester Only

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organizational Theory (in English)-- Spring Semester Only

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    The course will explore the most relevant perspectives and approaches which attempt to
    explain the nature, structure and functioning of organizations. As part of the Organizational
    Theory, we will study also organizational design, and leadership roles which creates and
    transforms the organizational structure of an organization.
    There are no special requirements. However, it is recommended to have previously
    studied in Business Administration.
    Course Goals and Methodology
    This course aims to provide a general understanding of the organizational theory. There
    will be two differentiated goals to be considered:
    ? Firstly: Learning about the most relevant organizational theories and understanding
    the different perspectives adopted to analyze business phenomena.
    ? Secondly: Learning about the organizational design function, design parameters,
    contextual factors and basic organizational models.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Learning about the most relevant organizational theories in the twentieth century in
    order to understand the function of organizations, which will provide a
    multidisciplinary view of business phenomena.
    2. Learning about the organizational design function as one of the functions that make
    up the management process.
    3. Learning how to diagnose organizational problems and giving possible solutions.
    Required Texts
    ? Burton, RM & Ober, B. ?Strategic Organizational diagnosis and design: The
    dynamics of Fit?, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004 (chapters 1-3)
    ? Gomez-Mejia, L., Balkin, D. & Cardy, RL. ?Management?, McGraw hill, 2008
    (chapters 1-3)
    ? Jones, GR. ?Organizational theory: text and cases?, Addison-Wesley, 1999
    ? Mintzberg H. ?The Structuring of Organizations?. Prentice-Hall, 1979 (chapters 4-8)
    ? Robbins, SP, & Coulter, M. ?Management?, Prentice Hall, 2007
    ? Shafritz, JM & Ott, JS, ?Classics of Organization Theory?, Harcourt Brace College
    Publishers, 1996
    General Course Policies
    Please keep your cell phones turned off during class.
    Course Requirements and Grading
    The final grade will be calculated according to the following:
    ? 30% Mid-term Exam
    ? A minimum score of 5 points (on a 10-pt.scale) is required
    ? 10% Participation in class
    ? 30% PDLs
    ? 30% Final Exam
    ? A minimum score of 5 points (on a 10-pt.scale) is required
    PDLs refer to ?practical and development learning classes? in which students will have to
    work in groups different activities/practical work. Students will be evaluated considering the
    clarity of the ideas presented and solid arguments provided. There will be value not only
    that proper answers are giving to the questions raised but the clarity and well-structured
    Quiz/presentation/exam dates will not be changed under any circumstances.
    Attendance and Punctuality
    Attendance is mandatory. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in the lowering of
    the final grade. Students with more than 2 such absences may not challenge the final
    grade received. Punctuality is required ? lateness will be penalised by 0.5 (over 15 mins)
    or 1 absence (over 30mins).
    Academic Dishonesty
    Academic integrity is a guiding principle for all academic activity at Pablo de Olavide
    University. Cheating on exams and plagiarism (which includes copying from the internet)
    are clear violations of academic honesty. A student is guilty of plagiarism when he or she
    presents another person?s intellectual property as his or her own. The penalty for
    plagiarism and cheating is a failing grade for the assignment/exam and a failing grade for
    the course. Avoid plagiarism by citing sources properly (using footnotes or endnotes and a
    Students with Disabilities
    If you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, please speak to
    your professor within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in order to discuss any
    adjustments. It is the student's responsibility to provide the International Center with
    documentation confirming the disability and the accommodations required (if you have
    provided this to your study abroad organization, they have most likely informed the
    International Center already but please confirm).
    Behavior Policy
    Students are expected to show integrity and act in a professional and respectful manner at
    all times. A student?s attitude in class may influence his/her participation grade. The
    professor has a right to ask a student to leave the classroom if the student is unruly or
    appears intoxicated. If a student is asked to leave the classroom, that day will count as an
    absence regardless of how long the student has been in class.
    Class Schedule
    Chapter 1. Introduction to organizational theory
    1. What is an organization?
    ? (Burton & Obel, 2004; pp. 1-5)
    2. How does an organization create value?
    ? (Jones,1997; pp. 5-7)
    3. Why do organizations exist?
    ? (Jones,1997; pp. 7-10)
    4. Organization types
    ? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.214-219)
    5. Levels of analysis when studying organizations
    ? (Class notes)
    6. Organizational Theory
    ? (Burton & Obel, 2004; pp. 10-13)
    Chapter 2. Initial perspectives in the study of organizations
    1. Introduction
    ? (Class notes)
    2. Classic Theories
    Frederick Taylor: The Principles of Scientific Management
    ? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.66-79)
    Henry Fayol: General Principles of Management
    ? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.52-65)
    Max Weber: Bureaucracy
    ? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.80-85)
    3. Organizational Behaviour Theories
    Chapter 3. Intermediate perspectives in the study of organizations
    1. Introduction
    ? (Class notes)
    2. The System Approach
    ? (Class notes + Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.101-111)
    3. The neoclassic theory
    ? (Class notes)
    4. Contingency Approach
    ? (Class notes)
    5. Decision making Theory
    ? (Class notes + Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.359-374)
    Chapter 4. The structure and design of organizations: preliminary concepts
    1. Introduction
    2. Coordination in five parts
    3. The organization in five parts
    4. The function of the organization
    5. Design Parameters
    Chapter 5. The job design parameters
    1. Introduction
    2. Job specialization
    3. Behaviour formalization
    4. Training and indoctrination
    5. Conclusions
    Chapter 6. Structure design parameters and the decision making process
    1. Introduction
    2. Unit grouping
    3. Unit size
    4. Vertical and horizontal decentralization
    5. Complexity
    Chapter 7. Contingency factors: Size, age, technology and environment
    1. Introduction
    2. Size
    3. Age
    4. Technology
    5. Environment
    Chapter 8. Structural models
    1. Introduction
    2. The simple structure
    3. Bureaucracy
    4. Others
    Chapters 4-8 are based on Mintzberg (1979)

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