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MGMT 665 : Organizational Theory in a Technical Environment

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Organizational Theory in a Technical Environment
In this course the students review organizational theory and learn how the organizational design impacts organizational effectiveness and productivity. The student has the opportunity to gain and expand knowledge concerning how organizations carry out work. Included in the course are elements of organizational theory, organizational structure, organizational planning, leadership versus management, conflict between functional management, matrix versus hierarchical organizations, organizational alternatives, and human response in the organization. Topics address advantages and disadvantages of structural types, locus of power and locus of authority issues, and formal and informal networks. Also included are issues such as conflict resolution, change management, formal and informal work relationships, influence and authority in the technical setting, participation, sensitivity to cultural and minority differences, managing technical change and innovation in a large organization, communication in a technical organization, organization culture and tradition, government perspective, and industry perspective are reviewed.

This course is designed to give the student a comprehension of the elements of a successful, well-managed organization, including the strategies for organization design, requisites for effective work by and within the organization, and the complex interactions of people inside the organization.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions of organization design, evolution of organization theory, organization configuration, and efficient performance versus the Learning Organization. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of alternative explanations of organizational life and behavior that lead us to see and understand organizations in distinctive and sometimes partial ways.

2. Analyze the organization’s purpose, and various types of work organization structural designs. Integrate the different perspectives of technical organizations presented in the course into a diagnostic reading of an organizational situation and to critically evaluate how the various insights interact.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the balanced scorecard approach to effectiveness, information-sharing perspective on structure, virtual networks and outsourcing.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the organization environment, the changing environment, adapting to a changing environment, framework for resources to environment change, dependence on external resources, influencing external resources, organization ecosystems, resource dependence collaborative networks, population ecology, and institutionalism.

5. Understand and evaluate appropriate work organization structural designs to a global Arena. Assess the importance of information processing, learning, and intelligence and apply a framework for understanding and assessing technical organizations in which a high degree of flexibility and innovation is needed.

6. Understand and evaluate appropriate work organization structural designs to a global arena.

7. Demonstrate knowledge of the organizational core manufacturing and service technologies.

8. Define critical factors in organization life cycle, size, bureaucracy, and control. Recognize and analyze the different sets of interests, conflicts and politics that guide organizational life. 3

9. Define critical factors in organization life cycle, size, bureaucracy, and control.

10. Assess the impact of organizational culture, ethical values, social responsibility, and other patterns of shared meaning that guide organizational life.

11. Demonstrate knowledge the elements of organizational decision-making, change, and political processes to include power, politics, and collaboration.

12. Understand the role of leadership in creating and sustaining organizational culture.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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