Organizational Structures and Design
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Business, Business Management, Economics, Peace and Conflict
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
The fundamental issues of organisation structure and design are examined exposing students to the various theories and models underlying trade-offs and choices in organisation structures. The course delineates the problems which arise in designing effective organisations and addresses the central issues of the relationship between the structures and processes of organisations. Critical discussion, analysis, and experiential exercises enhance your knowledge, skills and attributes.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical relevance of the theoretical paradigms surrounding organisation design
2. Exhibit an awareness of the key contemporary issues in organisation design and theory
3. Describe the range of determinants affecting organisation structure and design
4. Apply knowledge of organisation design concepts to case studies of organisations
5. Analyse organisations in terms of theories, concepts, and design factors
6. Engage in research and inquiry to design problem solutions supported by analysis of contemporary practice.
7. Work independently and collaboratively to analyse organisational structure, reflect upon, and communicate the outcomes of each project stage.
Lectures may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:
The evolution of organisation theory
Organisations as Machines: the machine metaphor
Organisations as Organisms: nature interventions
Organisations as Brains: self organization
Organisations as Culture: creating social reality
Organisations as Political Systems: Conflict and Power
Organisational Transformation: logic of change
Organisational Domains: control
Organisation Design and the future
Written Assignment: Briefing note
Written Assignment: Written assignment
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Written Case Analysis
Formal Examination: Final Exam
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.