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 design and behavior.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- understand the micro-level, psychological factors affecting organizational design;
- use a framework to describe and analyze the main components of organizational design;
- critically reflect about the possible different configurations of such components, searching for a good fit/alignment between them and with the environment;
- analyze business cases, 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 (12 hours) deals with basic concepts in organizational behavior such as individual needs, motivation, leadership etc., which are relevant for understanding the micro-level components of organizational design. In the remaining part of the course (24 hours) a general framework for organizational design will be illustrated and analyzed in detail in all its components (environment, ethics, strategy, structure, culture, technology, competences 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.
Students will need to attend at least 75% of the course. This means that students can skip 3 classes at most (1 about OB and 2 about OD).
The final grade in the course will be based on the following:
1) Class participation and discussions (case analyses) 40% (12/30)
2) Final exam (multiple choice test) 60% (18/30)
Please, note that just students with the necessary prerequisites and regularly enrolled to the Summer Business Program of exchange with the University of Missouri can participate to this course and take the final exam.