Organizational Structures and Design

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organizational Structures and Design

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Management, Economics, Peace and Conflict

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    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

    Assessment Items

    Written Assignment: Briefing note
    Written Assignment: Written assignment
    Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Written Case Analysis
    Formal Examination: Final Exam

Course Disclaimer

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.