Organization Theory (Revision 9)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Prerequisite: None. ADMN 232 is recommended but not required.
Centre: Faculty of Business
ORGB 326 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Organizational analysis depends on the behavioural and structural aspects of organizations. Although both levels of analysis are crucial for an understanding of organizations, the field is usually divided into two specific areas of study: organizational behaviour and organization theory. The former comprises the interpersonal, or micro, aspects of organizations, while the latter includes the structural, or macro, aspects.
This course focuses primarily on the structural aspects of organizations, though it also reflects on the relationship between structure and behaviour and, thus, complements ORGB 364: Organizational Behaviour.
In this course, you will learn about the ways in which managers seek to promote organizational effectiveness through internal structures and processes. To do that, you will analyze
- how organizations are structured within the context of the larger social, political, and economic environment
- why systems of control and coordination vary across organizations and change over time
- how organizational theory may contribute towards improving the design and management of organizations
Several lesson notes focus on the relationship between gender, structure, and organizational outcomes. This adds another dimension to the analysis of how the larger social environment affects organizational cultures and processes.
- Lesson 1: Organizations and Theory
- Lesson 2: Goals, Effectiveness, and the External Environment
- Lesson 3: Technology, Information, and the Organization
- Lesson 4: Organization Size, Life Cycle, and Decline
- Lesson 5: The Design of Organizations
- Lesson 6: Innovation and Change
- Lesson 7: Decision Making
- Lesson 8: Organizational Conflict, Power, and Politics
- Lesson 9: Organizational Culture and Ethics
Credit activities for ORGB 326 consist of three assignments and a final examination. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on these activities. To receive credit for this course, you must receive a grade of "D" (50%) or better on the final examination and an overall course grade of at least "D" (50%). The following chart summarizes the evaluation activities:
|Assignment 1||Assignment 2||Assignment 3||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Daft, R. L. (2010). Organization theory and design (12th ed.). Mason, OH: Thomson South-Western.
A print version of the eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Students will access all course materials online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 9, Sept 11, 2015.
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Updated December 21 2016 by SAS