Organizational Theory

Course Number: OCL 7530
Course Name: Organizational Theory (Online)
Course Description:    This course builds on the material covered in Organizational Behavior by introducing students to organizational theory and behavior from a policy and management perspective. The literature on organization theory addresses questions about the external environment within which organizations operate as well as the strategies and processes that are adopted by organizations in response to their environment.
Prerequisites:    BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior & BUSADMIN 7330 Introduction to Organizational Change Leadership.
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Explain why organizations exist and the purposes they serve.
  • Describe the relationship between organizational theory and organizational design and change.
  • Differentiate between organizational structure and culture.
  • Identify the various stakeholder groups and their interests or claims on an organization.
  • Understand the choices and problems inherent in distributing the value an organization creates.
  • List the forces in an organization’s specific and general environment that give rise to opportunities and threats.
  • Discuss the way in which challenges must be addressed simultaneously if a high performing organizational structure is to be created.
  • Understand the way design challenges such as centralization and standardization provide methods of control that substitute for the direct, personal control that managers provide.
  • Understand the way design challenges affect the design of the organizational hierarchy.
  • Explain why organizations are flattening their hierarchies and making more use of empowered teams of employees, both inside and across different functions. 

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: The Organization and Its Environment
To build our understanding we must first focus on the purpose of an organization and the foundation needed. We will discuss the roles and expectations of stakeholders that play key roles in the success or in some cases failures of companies. The complexity today is more pronounced due to the ever changing global environment.

Unit 2: Organizational Design
With the ever changing environment companies must be proactive in the design and operation of the system. The way work is divided among departments and the employees changes over time. Management must continuously look to optimize to best utilize the people, system, financial and physical resources for optimal output.

Unit 3: Organizational Change
Organizational change is an ongoing process with important implications for organizational effectiveness. In this unit you will build the competencies that recognize the need for change and the process that must be implemented for management to drive the new and desired outcomes. A thriving and high performing organization is proactive in this area versus reactive creative a competitive advantage.

Grading Information

Assignment Possible Points
Discussions and Responses 150 points
Individual Assignments 225 points
Group Assignments 225 points
Capstone Research Paper 150 points
Total: 750 points

Grading Scale

A 675 - 750 points
B 600 - 674 points
C 525 - 599 points
F 0 - 524 points


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