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

    Business Administration, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A previous introductory course in business management is recommended.

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course will explore how to manage organizations effectively by understanding organizational theory and learn how to apply the principles of organizational design to change organizational structures. This course will enable students to develop the skills and techniques to help the firm to meet its desired goals and objectives.
    Course Goals and Methodology
    The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of organizational theory,design and change.The methodology of the course will be based on readings, slides summarizing key concepts and practical case studies related to each chapter. At the conclusion of this course students will:
    1. Learn and understand organizational theory and why it is important.
    2. Understand the historical evolution of organizational theory and how these theories are applied today.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge and ability to identify different organizational structures.
    4. Identify characteristics of the various organizational theories and evaluate which could be the best fit for a firm.
    5. Learn how to diagnose organizational problems and propose adequate solutions.
    Lectures & Slides based off following textbooks:
    -Jones,GarethR., ¨OrganizationalTheory,Design,andChange,¨Pearson,2013,7th edition.
    -Daft, Richard L., ¨Organizational Theory and Design,¨ South-Western, 2013, 11thedition.
    -Mintzberg,Henry, ¨TheStructuringofOrganizations,¨McGillUniversity,PrenticeHall, 1979.
    -Shafritz,JayM.&Ott,StevenJ.,¨ClassicsofOrganizationalTheory,¨WadsworthPubCo., 1995, 4thEdition.
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Organizational Theory
    What is an organization?
    Importance of organizations
    How does an organization create value?
    Dimensions of organization design
    Chapter 2. Evolution of Organizational Theory
    Classical Theories
    1) Frederick Taylor: The Principles of the Scientific Method
    2)Max Weber: Bureaucracy
    3)Henry Fayol: General Principles of Management
    Neo-classical theory (Behavioral Theory)
    Modern Theories (Systems Theory, Contingency Theory)
    Chapter 3. Basic Challenges of Organizational Design
    Vertical vs. Horizontal Differentiation
    Balancing Differentiation and Integration
    Balancing Centralization and Decentralization
    Balancing Standardization and Mutual Adjustment
    Mechanistic and Organic Organizational Structures
    Chapter 4. Organizational Design and Strategy in a Changing Global Environment
    Strategy and the Environment
    Functional Level Strategy
    Business Level Strategy
    Corporate Level Strategy
    Implementing Strategy across Countries
    Chapter 5. Designing Organizational Structure
    Authority: How and why vertical differentiation occurs?
    Control: Factors affecting the shape of the hierarchy
    Functional, Divisional, Product and Matrix Structures
    Chapter 6. Types and Forms of Organizational Change
    What is Organizational Change?
    Forces for and resistance to organizational change
    Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change in Organizations
    Managing Change
    Organizational Development
    Chapter 7. Creating and Managing Organizational Culture
    What is organizational culture?
    How is an organizational culture transmitted to its members?
    Can organizational culture be managed?

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