Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 430

Information Systems and Organizational Design (Revision 1)

Permanently closed, effective April 11, 2012. Replaced with ECOM 425.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.**

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: ORGB 364, CMIS 351 and ECOM 320

Centre: Faculty of Business

ORGB 430 has a Challenge for Credit option.

**Note: Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


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
25% 25% 10% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: The final examination for this course must be taken online at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials

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.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ORGB 430 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Paper Exam

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