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Course module: 201000157
Organization Theory and Design
Course infoSchedule
Course module201000157
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. L. Brouwers - Ren
dr. L. Brouwers - Ren
Contactperson for the course
dr. L. Brouwers - Ren
Academic year2014
Starting block
1A/  2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning objectives
The course is built in such a way that in the end students are expected to know basic concepts of organization theory, focusing on Job Design, Contingency Factors, Organization Structure, Strategic Choices, and Organizational Effectiveness. Next to the theoretical knowledge and comprehension, students are expected to master their skills to analyze and (to a limited extend) re-design organization structures and jobs to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and to report findings in adequate ways.
Course description
The course draws on organization design and change theory (including classical work in these areas such as contingency theory), organizational psychology and sociology theories.
The course is divided into five blocks:
  • Block 1 - job design and work organization
  • Block 2 - contingency factors and organizational structure
  • Block 3 - strategic choice and dominant coalition
  • Block 4 - effectiveness of organizations and stakeholder perspectives
  • Block 5 - final assignment, re-design one of the two automobile case companies
The course consist of three individual tests, four group assignments (Block 1-4), and a final group report (Block 5).
The final grade (scale 1-10) of the course is composed of two parts: Individual effort (50%) and group work (50%). The individual effort further consists of twee multiple choice (MC) tests and one quiz; the group assignments and the final report take the other 50% of the final grade.
To pass the course the final grade needs to be 6 or higher. For that, each of the three individual tests and the final report need to be marked at least 6 (and the Block 1-4 papers marked “sufficient” or “good”). There will be one possibility to re-take each MC test, and one possibility to revise each Block 1-4 papers and the final report.
All submitted final report (Block 5) will be evaluated along with the following 6 points:
  • Motivated research problem and research question
  • Motivated research sub-questions
  • Quality of the application of theories (use your criteria lists from assignment 1-4)
  • Consistency of the content from the research questions till the conclusions
  • Quality / logic of conclusions and proposed re-design
  • Answers to the research question(s) stated.
Students, who have to re-take this course, will have to fulfill all assessments from the beginning.
Exam (multiple-choice and quiz), Assignments and Final Report.
 Participating educational programs   Exam objective
UT gamma Pre-master
Required materials
Daft, R.L., Murphy, J. and Willmott, H. (2010), Organization Theory and Design, South-Western Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-84480-990-5.
Weisbord, M.R. (2004), Productive Workplaces Revisited: Dignity, Meaning and Community in the 21st Century [2nd ed.], Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco. Pages 23-192.
Reader Organization Theory and Design (including case materials, scientific articles and a research method).
Articles to be downloaded from the course Blackboard site.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Self study

Presence dutyYes


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