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Organisation theory: an interdisciplinary approach

This course explores the ways in which organisations can be designed (by management or others) in order to achieve their objectives.

This is an interdisciplinary course drawing centrally upon psychology, sociology, economics and, to a lesser extent management theory.

  • Introduction
  • Theories of boundaries
  • The evolution of organisations
  • Studying organisations
  • Organisations as contractually coordinated mechanisms
  • Organisations as Incentive/ Motivationally coordinated mechanisms
  • Organisations as authority/ power/coordinated mechanisms
  • Organisations as Information/ Knowledge distributively coordinated mechanisms
  • Organisations as ‘Culturally’ coordinated mechanisms
  • Determinants of hierarchal structures (shape)
  • Corporate Governance

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • describe the essential features of organisations
  • discuss the factors shaping these features
  • describe the evolution of different organisational designs/types
  • discuss how managers may build and change organisations
  • describe how different organisational forms impact on the individual within organisations.
  • Buchanan, D. and A. Huczynski. Organizational behaviour: an introductory text. London: Prentice Hall.
  • Douma, S. and H. Schreuder. Economic approaches to organisations. London: Prentice Hall.

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