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Course module: 202000551
202000551
Technology, Organisation & People
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000551
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. de Visser
E-mailm.devisser@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
PreviousNext 4
Lecturer
dr. H.F. de Boer
Lecturer
dr. A.C. Bos - Nehles
Lecturer
J.L. Evans
Lecturer
dr. H. van der Kolk
Lecturer
prof.dr. B.J.R. van der Meulen
Academic year2021
Starting block
1A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Aims
Upon completion of the TOP module, students can describe organizational structure, environment, size, strategy, technology and effectiveness and analyze their interrelationships using organization theories.
 
Upon completion of the TOP module, students are expected to (be able to):
  • Distinguish between various types and dimensions of organizational effectiveness, structure, environment, size, strategy, technology and culture
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of configurations of organizational structure, environment, size, strategy, technology and culture
  • Characterize scientific research as systematically giving answers to empirical research questions using observations, and is able to relate ‘research’ to ‘business decision making’ and ‘design’
  • Distinguish between empirical (descriptive, explanatory, design), conceptual and normative questions and is able to categorize a research question within these categories
  • Identify units of analysis, units of observation, variables (and their attributes), the sign of causal relationships between dichotomous and ratio variables in scientific publications
  • Summarize, present and analyze univariate data and bivariate relationships using various statistics and methods to display data, both by hand and by using R
  • Understand the basic idea of causal theories as providing causal explanations and understand a ‘causal statement’ as implying a specific ‘time order’ and ‘association’ between variables and the absence of other variables accounting for that relationship
  • Characterize three basic types of research designs: cross sectional, interrupted time series and experimental designs, using the dimensions ‘time’ and ‘(comparable) groups’ and have a basic understanding of the possibilities and limitations to test causal relationships using these research designs
  • Distinguish between random and non-random sampling and are able to explain how sample statistics can be used to estimate population parameters (a process called 'inference') using the idea of the central limit theorem. 
 
  • Formulate and systematically answer a research question related to organizational effectiveness, structure, environment, size, strategy and technology
  • Conceptualize, operationalize, describe and measure organizational effectiveness, structure, environment, size, strategy and technology
  •  Analyze the relationships between organizational effectiveness, structure, environment, size, strategy and technology
 
  • Paraphrase, quote, and add references correctly;
  • Avoid plagiarism by acting with academic integrity;
  • Provide helpful peer feedback on paraphrasing, quoting, referencing, avoiding plagiarism.
Content
Knowledge domains
 
The module is based on four knowledge domains: Technology, which is based on the principles of operations management; Organization, which is based on the principles of organization theory; People, which is based on the principles of organizational behavior; Research Methods, which is based on principles of social research.
 
Operations Management: after completion of the course, students should have introductory knowledge of the following operations management theories and approaches: transformation process, manufacturing and service technologies, departmental technologies and workflow interdependence.
 
Organization Theory: after completion of the course, students should have knowledge of the following organizational theories and approaches: scientific management, bureaucracy, strategic choice, open systems, contingency theory, resource dependency theory, stakeholder theory, organizational culture, organizational design and structure, including socio-technical designs.
 
Organizational Behavior:  after completion of the course, students should have introductory knowledge of the following organizational behavior theories and approaches: motivation theories, communication, teams, and work design.
 
Research methods: after completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of research methods to describe, analyze and design organizations, their people and their technology.
 
Project
 
The goal of the project is to describe and analyze a real-life company. In this project, students will describe an organization and analyze the fit between its organizational structure, technology, people, and other contingency factors, in to make an assessment of the effectiveness of the organization.
 
Next to the content-related challenges of this, the project-work contains some further challenges for students: working together in a multinational team, writing a structured report based on academic standards, present orally and in writing the results of their company description and analysis to peers, coping with different interests and conflicts, planning and controlling a project, cooperating with companies based on a shared code of conduct, understanding the needs and expectations of the customer, interviewing, coordination between groups of students.
 
 
Module
Module 1
Participating study
Bachelor International Business Administration
Required materials
Book
Robbins, S.P. and N. Barnwell (2007). Organisation Theory: Concepts and Cases. 5th edition, Pearson Education.
Articles
A selection of journal articles will be listed on Canvas
Recommended materials
Book
Babbie, E. (2012). The Practice of Social Research. 13th edition, Cengage Learning.
Instructional modes
Lecture
Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study with assistance
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Tutorial
Presence dutyYes

Tests
Organisation Theory

Remark
TOP: Organization theory, technology management, organizational behavior

Research Methods

Analysing Organisations in Practice

Remark
To what extent is an organization effective (analysis of fit)?

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