Analysis and Design of OrganizationsBack to Course Guide
The course presents various theories of organizational designs in a behavioral approach to organizational effectiveness. Topics include diagrammatic representations of systems, organizational typology, expectancy theory of motivation, and the causal-effect relationships that exist within the organization.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Discussing the implications of “theory” for organizational design.
- Examining leading organizational theories in terms of basic tenets and implications for organizational structure and processes.
- Preparing a diagrammatic representation of a systems approach to organizational design.
- Explaining the relationship between various organizational designs and the selection of information processing systems.
- Examining the similarities and differences among goals at various levels of the organization.
- Describing a strategy for managing interdepartmental goal conflict.
- Describing the following processes of integrating individual and organizational goals: exchange, socialization, process and accommodation.
- Evaluating the future merit of MBO programs as a methodology for structuring work and measuring performance.
- Defining the types and critical dimensions of contemporary organizational environments, including the effects of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
- Describing organizational strategies for managing boundary personnel.
- Defining organizational typology and specifying ways in which it affects organizational effectiveness and climate.
- Discussing the causal-effect relationships that exist between values of organizational members and the organizational structure and technology.
- Describing the basic premises of the expectancy theory of motivation and elaborating upon related implications for management.
- Listing the general questions to be asked by management in structuring specific job/work assignments.
- Comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the major approaches of control within contemporary organizations.
- Identifying dimensions of the organizational structure and discussing their interrelationships as they relate to overall effectiveness.