RSM464H1S Organization Theory and Design Winter 2013 Course Meets: LEC0101 Mondays, 10am-12 noon LEC0201 Mondays, 2-4pm Instructor: E-Mail: Webpage: Phone: Office Hours: Teaching Assistant:
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Prof. András Tilcsik, Rotman School of Management firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred contact method) https://portal.utoronto.ca/ 416-946-0610 (email preferred) 95 St. George St., Room 7018; Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm & by appointment TBA
Course Scope and Mission Organizations are all around us in society: we study in them, work for them, rely on them for goods and services, and we are regulated and influenced by them. Understanding organizations, therefore, is key to becoming more effective actors in the organizations that we are, or will be, part of. Organization theory is the scientific study of how organizations function as collective social systems in their particular environment. Applied to business, organization theory primarily focuses on how different organizational design choices facilitate or hinder the achievement of organizational goals (e.g., profit, survival, growth) in competitive marketplaces. In this course, we will explore organization theory with an emphasis on understanding organizations as systems, and on the practical applications of these theories for organization management. The primary focus of our course materials, analysis, and discussion will be on organizations (not the people who comprise it). Thus, this course—like organization theory more generally—offers a unique perspective for those interested in business and management. By the end of the course, you will achieve the following to become a more effective organizational actor: Familiarity with key elements of organizational structure, design, processes, and context
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Skills in organizational analysis and the diagnosis of strengths and weaknesses Ability to apply organizational theory to real world organizations
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