[ 2ORGMCO ] KS Master Course Organization

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6 ECTS D - Diploma programme Business Administration Johannes Lehner 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)IK Verhalten und Management in Organisationen UND KS Organisation und Innovation
(Bei erfolgter Zulassung zu einem Masterstudium, in dem die Lehrveranstaltung im Rahmen der Pflicht- oder Wahlfächer vorgeschrieben ist, gilt diese Voraussetzung als erfüllt.)
Original study plan Diploma programme (*)Wirtschaftswissenschaften 2009W
  • Critically question and expand existing basic knowledge of organization theory and organizational behavior
  • Become familiar with three main theoretical frameworks for understanding organizations: economic, institutional, evolutionary
  • Apply these frameworks at different levels: individuals, groups, organizations, and populations of organizations
  • Understand why organizational structures and actions are subject to continual contestation, producing change and diversity in an uncertain environment
  • Learn to take an analytical approach to the study of organizations, drawing on several theoretical perspectives simultaneously
  • Learn to read, understand, and judge advanced research articles, thereby comprehending complex and ambiguous relationships as they appear in organizations and in management in general
  • Become able to critically reflect on organizations and the various roles the play in modern society – socially, politically, economically, and culturally
Subject This seminar examines organizations as building blocks in modern societies, reviews different theoretical frameworks that have been central to organization science, and applies these frameworks in the explanation of a broad range of organizational phenomena. The course is structured into two stages. Prep Stage: acquiring/relearning required basic knowledge for the course

  • Organizations as social systems
  • Definitions of organizations
  • Interplay between structure and agency
  • Organizations as a field of research
  • Economic, institutional and evolutionary perspectives

Advanced Stage: acquiring advanced knowledge for the course

  • Space & spatiality: geographic and social spaces of organizations; theories of economic agglomeration; organizational networks and fields
  • Time & temporality: historical approaches to organizations; theory of path dependence; different conceptions of time in organization studies
  • Structures & structuring: formal and informal structures; socialization processes; decoupling of structures and practice
Criteria for evaluation Written exams in class

  • First exam for Prep Stage (60 Points)
  • Second exam for Prep and Advanced Stage (90 Points)

Bonus points can be earned through additional assignments.

Grading criteria:

  • Knowledge of the discussed theories and contents
  • Ability to integrate multiple theories and evidence on different topics
  • Ability to develop an argument: what is the main claim and why should the reader believe that this claim is correct?
Methods Lectures, Q&A, discussion questions, text discussion
Language  English
Study material Text book: Staber, U. (2013). Understanding Organizations. Theories and Images. Sage.

Additional readings will be announced in the first session

Changing subject? No
Further information none
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 200
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority