Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 326

Organization Theory (Revision 8)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study ** (check availability)

Credits: 3

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.

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**Note:Students registering in grouped study 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.


This course focuses primarily on the structural aspects of organizations, although 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 overtime
  • 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: Corporate Culture and Ethics


Your final grade for ORGB 326 is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on three written assignments and your Final Examination. To receive credit for this course, you must receive an alpha grade of “D” (50 percent) or better on the examination, and an overall course grade of at least a “D” (50 percent). The following chart summarizes the evaluation activities:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
15% 15% 20% 50% 100%

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

Course Materials


Daft, R. L. (2010). Organization theory and design (10th ed.). Mason, OH: Thomson South-Western.
ISBN 9780324599138

Other materials

Students will access all other course materials online.

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 326 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

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 8, Feb 28, 2010.

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