Basic knowledge of organization theories is suggested.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to conceptual frameworks, debates, tools and developments in the fields of organizational behavior and organizational design.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- understand the psychological factors affecting organizational design;
- use a framework to describe and analyze the main components of organizational structure and design;
- critically reflect about the possible different configurations of such components, searching for a good fit/alignment between them;
- analyze a complex business case, determine the role of organizational behavior and design issues in organizational performance problems, and specify design changes to remedy the core problem(s);
- understand how organizations can evolve towards more harmonious organizational design configurations.
One part of the course deals with basic concepts in organizational behavior such as leadership, organizational climate, motivation etc., which are relevant for understanding organizational design. In the central part of the course a general framework for organizational design will be illustrated and analyzed in detail in all its components (strategy, environment, processes, people, leadership, information and knowledge system etc.). The final part of the course is devoted to understand how it is possible to develop and implement the desired organizational architecture.
Lectures, exercises, discussion of cases and articles.
The final grade in the course will be based on the following:
Class Participation: 10%
Team Assignment (case analysis): 30%
Final Written Exam: 60%