St. George’s University Department of Business and Management Studies Master in Business Administration Program
BUSI 894 Modern Organizational Theory and Design (first draft) Fall 2013 2 Units
Dr. Fernando A. Mora C. Caracas, Venezuela
fmorac on Skype Cell: +58-412-3830110 (I am on Whatsup and Viber too)
Live Office Hours
by appointment (via Skype)
WIMBA Live Classroom
Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm EST
All work must be completed by May 6th, 5 PM EST,
Administrative support: Nakazi Cornwall at firstname.lastname@example.org; Instructional Design, Gwen Burbank at email@example.com; Faculty support: Rachel Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org August 19th, 2013 – October 13th, 2013
Course Overview This course examines the theory and effective design of an organization to achieve strategic objectives in today's complex environment. Emphasis is placed on creating alignment among people, culture, structure and systems of an organization to assure high performance. Images of organizations are introduced in order to analyze organizational structures and understand change. Networked, global, team based, organic or innovative organizations are covered. Linkages with participant’s national and regional cultural contexts will be made. A number of reflection questions will be proposed as the course advances, which will be always tied to topics discussed in class, but also related to the participant’s personal experience about organizations. We will try to observe, think, critically evaluate some organizations that are part of the participant's every day life, including workplace, university, church, political party or others. The idea is that the responses can help in improving organizational design according to the changes in the complex environment that surrounds contemporary organizations. Learning Objectives 1. Exposure to the history of organization theory and the diversity of theories and models that have been and are being applied to the design and management of organizations worldwide and their implications upon organizations and individuals. 2. Develop skills in critical observation, description, and analysis of organizations from different perspectives through the application of learned concepts and analytical tools to existing organizations. 3. Assess organizational sustainability in face of complex, changing and turbulent environments. 4. Study and reflect on local and global organizational cultures and learn how to describe and interact with them. 5. Personally reflect on favored ways of thinking about organizing and also critically assess participant’s current organizations structure and environment. 6. Improve individual and team skills in written, web based and oral communication of information gathered and produced during rigorous organizational analysis.
Course Content 1. INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONS 2. OVERVIEW OF ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY 3. ORGANIC AND SYSTEMIC ANALYSIS OF ORGANIZATIONS 4. INTERCONNECTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ORGANIZATIONS 5. GLOBALIZATION AND INTERNATIONALIZATION 6. POWER, POLITICS AND ORGANIZATIONS 7. ORGANIZATIONS AND CULTURES 8. EMERGENT ORGANIZATIONAL PARADIGMS Detailed Schedule Date 1 22/08 1. Topic Lesson 1: Introductory topics 1.1. Basic Definitions 1.2. Dimensions of organizational design 1.3. Historical remarks 1.4. Organizations as machines 1.5. Bureaucracy and organizations 2. Lesson 2: Overview of organizational structure 2.1. Mintzberg's organizational archetypes 2.2. Organization structure basic definitions 2.3. Organizational basic structures 3. Lesson 3: Organic Organizational Systems 3.1. Review of Systems Theory 3.2. Organic Images of Organization 3.3. Description of the organizational environment 3.4. Environmental changes and how they affect organizations 3.5. Responses to change 3.6. The learning and adaptable organization 4. Lesson 4: The...
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