Organization Design (MSc)

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode EBM049A05
Vaknaam Organization Design (MSc)
Niveau(s) master, uitwisseling
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Organization Design (MSc)
Leerdoelen The course goal is to furnish master students with solid knowledge of the academic debate and practical implications of organizational design as process and outcome.
Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:
1. Knowledgeably discuss the opposing positions of design as prescription and description;
2. Critically assess extant literature on Organizational Design;
3. Identify practical implications of dominant concepts, models and theories for the (re)design of (components of) the organization;
4. Compare consequences of using objectivistic versus social constructionist perspectives on organizing for design activities;
5.Develop specific suggestions for organizational (re)design.
Omschrijving As organizations strive for competitiveness in an increasingly complex marketplace, they seek to configure their resources in ways that support business strategies. The term organizational design refers both to the process of reconfiguring elements of the organization, and the outcome of this process, such as specific design solutions. Organizational design might seem a mere ‘technical’ task of shaping organizational architecture (i.e., strategy, structure, people and technology). However, the social system dynamics inherent in organizations ask for a richer view that accounts for the socio-political and interpretive, sense-making properties of organizations and their effects on design process. Further organizations are not isolated entities but embedded in an environment. The technical, sociopolitical, and interpretive perspectives also serve to analyze how organizational relations with the environment impact on design issues.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm gecombineerde hoor-/werkcolleges
(And Seminars)
Toetsvorm opdracht(en), schriftelijk tentamen met open vragen
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. H.C. Bruns
Docent(en) dr. H.C. Bruns ,prof. dr. J. Surroca
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Articles, to be announced on Nestor Various
Entreevoorwaarden Although no formal prerequisite, basic knowledge in the field of Organizational Theory and Design is expected. If students have not followed any bachelor course in this field, we recommend that they read up on organizational forms, contingency theory, organizational culture, decision making, power, conflict and politics based on the following sources:
- R. L. Daft: Organizational Theory and Design
- G. R. Jones: Organizational Theory, Design, and Change
- Mintzberg, H. ( 1980) Structure in 5s: a synthesis of the research of organization design. Management Science 2(3): 322-341
- Anand, N. and Daft, R.L., ( 2007) What is the right organization design? Organizational Dynamics 36(4): 329-344.
Opmerkingen Secretary:, tel. +31 (0)50 363 6543. Room 434 Duisenberg Building.
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