Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 300
Organizational Culture (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study:Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Precluded Course: ORGB 400. (ORGB 300 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ORGB 400.)
TELUQ equivalency: COM 5002
Faculty: Faculty of Business
ORGB 300 has a Challenge for Credit option.
ORGB 300: Organizational Culture deals with issues and concepts in organizational culture, and focuses on the impact of organizational culture on individuals in North American work organizations. The course introduces the “tools” you will need for conceptualizing and understanding culture. The goal is to help you understand how culture is learned and internalized, and to appreciate its importance in relation to all activities undertaken in organizations. You will also gain an understanding of the effects of ceremonies, myths, rituals, and symbols.
- Lesson 1: Introduction
- Lesson 2: Why Organizations are Cultures
- Lesson 3: The Substance of Organizational Culture
- Lesson 4: Cultural Forms
- Lesson 5: Organizational Passages and Cultural Continuity
- Lesson 6: Occupational Subcultures
- Lesson 7: Other Subcultures in Organizations
To receive credit for ORGB 300, you must obtain a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination and an overall course grade of at least D (50 percent). The chart below outlines the credit weight associated with each of the assessment activities.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Note: Weighting in grouped-study offerings may be altered to accommodate a classwork component.
Trice, H. M., & Beyer, J. M. (1993). The cultures of work organizations. New York: Pearson. (This text is an essential reference book covering the most important principles of organizational culture that apply to all modern work organizations. It is currently out of print, so students will receive it in PDF format in their online course.)
Bakan, J. (2009). The corporation: The pathological pursuit of profit and power. Toronto: Penguin Canada. ISBN 978-0-14-317161-4
Digital Reading Room (DRR)
The DRR is a repository of current online articles that are linked to lessons and assignments.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 5, February 8, 2016.
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