Organization Design and Competitive Advantage

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organization Design and Competitive Advantage

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Business Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The goal of this course is to provide students with an
    understanding of principles of organization theory and
    design, and to enable students to design and lead valuecreating
    organizations.

    Required Texts
    Collins, J.C., & Porras, J.I. 1994. Built to last. New York: HarperBusiness.
    Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and California
    Management Review articles can be downloaded from the Korea University
    Library website.
    Other readings and cases should be individually purchased at Harvard Business
    School Press.

    Resources (optional)
    Collins, J. 2001. Good to great. New York: HarperBusiness.
    Pheffer, J., & Sutton, R.I. 2006. Hard facts. Boston: Harvard Business School
    Press.
    Kates, A., & Galbraith, J.R. 2007. Designing your organization. San Francisco:
    John Wiley & Sons.
    Jones, G. 2010. Organizational theory, design and change. Boston: Peason.

    Class Participation
    Class discussion is an important component of the learning processes in this class.
    Students are supposed to read required readings and cases, think through key issues, and
    share their opinions in class. For preparation, review questions will be provided at the
    beginning of semester. Participation includes:
    -Generating ideas and questions; initiating discussion.
    -Presenting a different perspective.
    -Analyzing concepts; weighing the advantages/disadvantages of alternatives.
    -Sharing experiences and providing examples that illustrate or refute concepts
    being discussed.
    -Helping other students make their point.
    -Summarizing key points; reaching conclusions

    Class participation will be evaluated by a series of quizzes and by the professor?s
    subjective evaluation. There will be three unannounced quizzes. Each quiz will be
    graded for the possible 20 points and the student will receive the sum of the two higher
    scores. There will be no make-up unless the student misses the class with Universityapproved
    excuses. As for my subjective evaluation, I will count both quantity and
    quality of participation for the possible 20 points. Please remember that 10 or higher
    points are reserved only for active, consistent, and value-adding participants.

    Project I: Mini Presentation
    As for case discussion, one or two groups will make presentations of a case. One group
    will focus on case analysis and recommendations. This group is recommended to
    consult with review questions, but presentation does not have to follow them one by one.
    Instead, the presentation should be effective and professional in content and delivery.
    Presentation should not exceed 20 minutes and the group should be prepared to
    entertain questions from the class. No written report is required.
    The other group will focus on lessons and implications for companies and markets in
    Korea or their home countries. The group may introduce similar cases in your home
    countries, and/or critically evaluate lessons and implications learned from the case. For
    instance, can organizing principles in the cases be transferred to another country? If not,
    how should they be modified? The group has wide latitude in this regard; be creative,
    innovative, and risk-taking. Presentation should not exceed 20 minutes and the group
    should be prepared to entertain questions from the class. No written report is required.
    On the day of presentation, the group should turn in a hard copy of presentation slides to
    the professor. After the class, the group should upload a soft copy of presentation slides
    on EKU and email another soft copy to the professor.

    Project II: Case Development
    Each group is supposed to actually develop a case like the ones that we discuss in class.
    The group has wide latitude in choosing the type of organization and/or organizational
    issues they would like to study. Not only corporations but also non-profit organization
    can become a subject of your study. As part of case development, the group should go
    beyond published sources of data, directly interviewing managers, employees,
    customers, and other individuals involved in the situation. Regarding the case project
    assignment, one-page proposal, draft, final written report, and oral presentation are
    required (see the course outline for due dates). The group?s written case and
    presentation are evaluated as a package. The final written case should be no longer than
    20 pages double-spaced text (excluding figures, tables, appendices, footnotes, etc.). No
    late written report will be accepted. Oral presentation should be no longer than 20
    minutes and the group should be prepared to field questions from the class. At the end
    of semester, I will select the best one and invite group members over lunch to
    congratulate their outstanding performance. However, note that, if there is no
    outstanding one, none will be invited.
    On the day of presentation, the group should turn in a hard copy of presentation slides to
    the professor. After the class, the group should upload a soft copy of presentation slides
    on EKU and email another soft copy to the professor.
    Every group member should be part of the presentation at least once.

    Multinational Groups
    A group will be qualified as multinational and receive a bonus of 5 points if it includes
    at least one Korean student and more than two nationalities and mother tongues. If a
    group is qualified as multinational, the group should indicate so with proof when it
    submit it group member list.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.