Work Organization and Job Design

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode EBB601B05
Vaknaam Work Organization and Job Design
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Work Organization and Job Design
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
1. Explain, discuss, and evaluate the main theoretical frameworks used to
design work.
2. Explain and discuss how industry, organization, team, and individual
level factors shape the design of work. Specifically, explain and discuss
the role of technology in designing work and understand how technology
and human resources interact within the context of designing work.
3. Explain and discuss how the design of work influences performance at
the organization, team, and individual level.
4. Formulate and communicate practical, research-based
recommendations on how organizations can (re)design work to maximize
performance of organizations, teams, and individuals.
Omschrijving Over the years, environmental complexity and turbulence have forced
organizations to change the ways in which they design work; the
introduction of labor saving technologies in manufacturing, a growing
demand for services, and a loss of lower-skilled production work to
lower-wage countries, amongst others, have required organizations to
reconsider the necessity and value of labor. Organizations can no longer
rely on isolated top-down approaches to design work. Instead,
organizations have to consider the complex interplay between various
industry-, organization-, team-, and individual-level factors and
technology when designing work.
In this course, we take a holistic multilevel perspective to explain and
discuss how (new) technology influences the design of work. Work design
is concerned with choices made about the nature or content of peoples’
jobs, and how these choices affect individual and organizational outcomes
such as employee well-being and productivity. Several contextual factors
influence and constrain the choice of work design, including the nature of
technology and tasks. This factor will receive ample attention. The course
will combine lecturing and tutorial elements with various assignments to
promote students' understanding of the concepts discussed. Also, student
teams will analyze an actual business unit to apply the class contents in
real-world settings. Finally, a one-day interviewing workshop is part of
the course, enabling students to learn and practice the skills they need to
successfully complete this project.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm nog niet bekend, hoor- en werkcolleges, opdracht(en), vaardighedentraining, zelfstudie
Toetsvorm nog niet bekend, opdracht(en), presentatie(s), schriftelijk tentamen met meerkeuzevragen, schriftelijk tentamen met open vragen
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. T. Vriend
Docent(en) dr. J.A.C. Bokhorst ,dr. T. Vriend
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
To be announced
Entreevoorwaarden Note that a basic knowledge of technology management and
organizational behavior is recommended for this course.
Opmerkingen For more information contact the secretariat: +31 (0)50 36 34288
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Bedrijfskunde/Bdk  ( Technology Management/TM) 2 semester II a verplicht
Pre-MSc-programma’s FEB  (Pre-MSc BA Change Management) 1 semester II a verplicht
Pre-MSc-programma’s FEB  (Pre-MSc Supply Chain Management/SCM) 1 semester II a verplicht
Pre-MSc-programma’s FEB  (Pre-MSc Technology and Operations Management/TOM) 1 semester II a verplicht