Full course description
Organization theory is a field of social science that has traditionally been occupied by various disciplines. Economists, sociologists, (social) psychologists, political scientists and cultural anthropologists all have entered the debate in explaining the role and functioning of organizations and their members.
The course starts off with the fundamental question: Why study organizations? Why study theories about organizations and organizing? Is there any immediate practical value to such studies? From then on we deal with variety of topics such as design thinking, basic organizational design
configurations; organizational culture; environmental contingencies; radical versus continuous change; the impact of institutions; managing innovation in and between organizations; and new organizational forms such as virtual and meta-organizations.
- To provide a birds’eye view of organization theory from its historical roots to the main contemporary issues and controversies.
- To give students an insight into recent theoretical developments in organization theory to bear on organizational management and professional practice.
- Academic journal articles, (business) press articles, case texts, etc,