The objective of this course is to help students develop a broader understanding of what organisations are and how they operate in order to grasp the prevalent role of organisations and organising in society. The course introduces a number of organisational theories and themes, including upper echelon, managerial discretion, organisational identity, organisational culture, organisational cognition, mindful organising, institutional theory, organisational change, organisational learning and organisational leadership. It also provides insights into the design of healthy organisations. These perspectives will improve students’ ability to interpret and design organisational processes and practices, as well as enhancing their critical and reflexive skills in assessing organisational practices. In essence, this course aims to address the question of how healthy organisations can be designed leveraging insights from organisation theory.
Its objectives for students are as follows:
- To understand what organisations are, how they are designed and how they function.
- To understand the multitude of perspectives in organisational theory and its impact on how organising and organisations are designed.
- To translate insights from organisational theory into the practice of organising and recognising what is relevant.
- To understand the building blocks of organisational health and its embeddedness in organisation design and to apply organisational theory and organisational health principles in practice.
- To cultivate critical reflexive capabilities in assessing organisational practices and processes.
- To write a synthesis report on the assessment of an organisation’s health and to conduct and present a sharp analysis.