Information Systems and Organizational Design (Revision 1)
Permanently closed, effective April 11, 2012. Replaced with ECOM 425.
Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Centre: Faculty of Business
ORGB 430 has a Challenge for Credit option.
The relationship between organizational structure and information systems has been a subject of recent debate, but most knowledge on the subject is based either on popular journalism or on fictional “evidence.” No single source provides an integrated discussion on the varied topics covering this interesting and vast subject. This course material is the result of in-depth research on the organizational structure-information systems relationship. ORGB 430: Information Systems and Organizational Design focuses on the changes that organizations need to make in response to the implementation of new information technology (IT) such as e-commerce. It also explores how organizations choose the IT best suited to their business needs. The course also touches on these subjects in the context of transnational organizations.
The relationship between information systems and organizational structure is not a simple one. The debate continues on whether information systems trigger a change in organizational structure or whether a changed organizational structure contingent upon environmental influences requires the support of new information systems. In other words, organizations not only tend to choose the information system best suited to their needs, but also respond to the implemented system by reconfiguring themselves. In either case there is a need for good quality information systems.
ORGB 430 comprises twelve lessons:
Lesson 1: Organizational Structure and IT
Lesson 2: Organizing for E-Commerce
Lesson 3: IT, Organizational Structure, and Organizational Environment
Lesson 4: Antecedents for Organizational Change
Lesson 5: IT and Organizational Design
Lesson 6: Organizational Change through Flexible IT
Lesson 7: Managing Knowledge—Exploiting IT Potential
Lesson 8: Integrating IT in an Organizational Environment
Lesson 9: Managing Rapid IT Change in Organizations
Lesson 10: “Customer-Oriented” Organizational Design—The Role of IT
Lesson 11: Involving the User in IT
Lesson 12: Organizational Structure and IT—Global Scenarios
To receive credit for ORGB 430, you must achieve a composite course grade of “D” (50 percent) or better,and a grade of “D” or better on the Final Examination. The following chart summarizes the evaluation activities:
|Assignment 1||Assignment 2||Online Participation||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Students will access all course materials online. No textbook has been prescribed for this course; students will find all required readings in the Digital Reading Room.
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 1, January 28, 2005.
Updated January 21 2016 by Student & Academic Services