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Business 323: Organizational Theory
August 2017 - August 2022.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: distinguish between the classical management theory of thought and the neoclassical theory as well as identify some of the key theorists and theories associated with each movement; appraise modern organizational theory including the quantitative approach, systems approach, contingency approach, systems approach, resource dependency approach, transaction cost theory, socio-technical systems, organizational ecology, goal setting and organizational development approach; classify and compare the different types of organizational structures and explain the reasons behind the variations in the different types of structures; analyze organizational communication and discriminate the intricacies of internal communication as well as external communication; contrast the different sources of power in an organization and identify strategies for gaining and exercising power; evaluate different organizational decision-making theories and appraise the issue of groupthink in decision making; summarize the organizational change process analyze change theory and compare models evaluating organizational effectiveness.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to organizational theory; history of organizational theory and master theorists; types of organizational structures; power in organizations; managing conflict in organizations; understanding leadership in organizations; organizational decision making; types of organizational communication; managing organizational environments; and organizational performance and recognizing the need for change.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Organizational Theory or as an elective in Management (8/17).