Organizational Theory (in English)-- Spring Semester Only
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe course will explore the most relevant perspectives and approaches which attempt toexplain the nature, structure and functioning of organizations. As part of the OrganizationalTheory, we will study also organizational design, and leadership roles which creates andtransforms the organizational structure of an organization.PrerequisitesThere are no special requirements. However, it is recommended to have previouslystudied in Business Administration.Course Goals and MethodologyThis course aims to provide a general understanding of the organizational theory. Therewill be two differentiated goals to be considered:? Firstly: Learning about the most relevant organizational theories and understandingthe different perspectives adopted to analyze business phenomena.? Secondly: Learning about the organizational design function, design parameters,contextual factors and basic organizational models.Learning Objectives1. Learning about the most relevant organizational theories in the twentieth century inorder to understand the function of organizations, which will provide amultidisciplinary view of business phenomena.2. Learning about the organizational design function as one of the functions that makeup the management process.3. Learning how to diagnose organizational problems and giving possible solutions.Required Texts? Burton, RM & Ober, B. ?Strategic Organizational diagnosis and design: Thedynamics of Fit?, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004 (chapters 1-3)? Gomez-Mejia, L., Balkin, D. & Cardy, RL. ?Management?, McGraw hill, 2008(chapters 1-3)? Jones, GR. ?Organizational theory: text and cases?, Addison-Wesley, 1999(chapters1-3)? Mintzberg H. ?The Structuring of Organizations?. Prentice-Hall, 1979 (chapters 4-8)2? Robbins, SP, & Coulter, M. ?Management?, Prentice Hall, 2007? Shafritz, JM & Ott, JS, ?Classics of Organization Theory?, Harcourt Brace CollegePublishers, 1996General Course PoliciesPlease keep your cell phones turned off during class.Course Requirements and GradingThe final grade will be calculated according to the following:? 30% Mid-term Exam? A minimum score of 5 points (on a 10-pt.scale) is required? 10% Participation in class? 30% PDLs? 30% Final Exam? A minimum score of 5 points (on a 10-pt.scale) is requiredPDLs refer to ?practical and development learning classes? in which students will have towork in groups different activities/practical work. Students will be evaluated considering theclarity of the ideas presented and solid arguments provided. There will be value not onlythat proper answers are giving to the questions raised but the clarity and well-structuredpresentation.Quiz/presentation/exam dates will not be changed under any circumstances.Attendance and PunctualityAttendance is mandatory. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in the lowering ofthe final grade. Students with more than 2 such absences may not challenge the finalgrade received. Punctuality is required ? lateness will be penalised by 0.5 (over 15 mins)or 1 absence (over 30mins).Academic DishonestyAcademic integrity is a guiding principle for all academic activity at Pablo de OlavideUniversity. Cheating on exams and plagiarism (which includes copying from the internet)are clear violations of academic honesty. A student is guilty of plagiarism when he or shepresents another person?s intellectual property as his or her own. The penalty forplagiarism and cheating is a failing grade for the assignment/exam and a failing grade forthe course. Avoid plagiarism by citing sources properly (using footnotes or endnotes and abibliography).Students with DisabilitiesIf you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, please speak toyour professor within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in order to discuss anyadjustments. It is the student's responsibility to provide the International Center withdocumentation confirming the disability and the accommodations required (if you haveprovided this to your study abroad organization, they have most likely informed theInternational Center already but please confirm).Behavior PolicyStudents are expected to show integrity and act in a professional and respectful manner atall times. A student?s attitude in class may influence his/her participation grade. Theprofessor has a right to ask a student to leave the classroom if the student is unruly orappears intoxicated. If a student is asked to leave the classroom, that day will count as anabsence regardless of how long the student has been in class.Class SchedulePART ONE: ORGANIZATIONAL THEORIESChapter 1. Introduction to organizational theory1. What is an organization?? (Burton & Obel, 2004; pp. 1-5)2. How does an organization create value?? (Jones,1997; pp. 5-7)3. Why do organizations exist?? (Jones,1997; pp. 7-10)4. Organization types? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.214-219)5. Levels of analysis when studying organizations? (Class notes)6. Organizational Theory? (Burton & Obel, 2004; pp. 10-13)Chapter 2. Initial perspectives in the study of organizations1. Introduction? (Class notes)2. Classic TheoriesFrederick Taylor: The Principles of Scientific Management? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.66-79)Henry Fayol: General Principles of Management? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.52-65)Max Weber: Bureaucracy? (Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.80-85)3. Organizational Behaviour TheoriesChapter 3. Intermediate perspectives in the study of organizations1. Introduction? (Class notes)2. The System Approach? (Class notes + Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.101-111)3. The neoclassic theory? (Class notes)4. Contingency Approach? (Class notes)5. Decision making Theory? (Class notes + Shafritz & Ott, 1996; pp.359-374)4PART TWO: ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGNChapter 4. The structure and design of organizations: preliminary concepts1. Introduction2. Coordination in five parts3. The organization in five parts4. The function of the organization5. Design ParametersChapter 5. The job design parameters1. Introduction2. Job specialization3. Behaviour formalization4. Training and indoctrination5. ConclusionsChapter 6. Structure design parameters and the decision making process1. Introduction2. Unit grouping3. Unit size4. Vertical and horizontal decentralization5. ComplexityChapter 7. Contingency factors: Size, age, technology and environment1. Introduction2. Size3. Age4. Technology5. EnvironmentChapter 8. Structural models1. Introduction2. The simple structure3. Bureaucracy4. OthersChapters 4-8 are based on Mintzberg (1979)
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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