Organizational Theory and Design
Introduction to the study of organizations from a macro perspective (the organization itself as a unit of analysis) as opposed to the micro perspective (study of the individual in the workplace) offered in organizational behavior. Organizations shape and impact significantly the lives of not just their owners, managers and employees, but of a myriad of other stakeholders. Topics include an historical perspective on organizational theory; the concept of organizational design as impacted by organizational strategy and processes; and rational, natural and open system design elements such as size, life cycle, control and organizational culture. Additional topics include organization development activities relating to innovation and change; management of dynamic processes such as conflict, power, organizational learning and understanding of current trends. Readings, classroom and group interaction and case analyses provide an appreciation of the organizational entity itself and its impact, especially upon the working environment. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MGT115. Spring Only.