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Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Course Outline

1.Date PreparedSpring 2005

2.Prepared By:Sonia Ammar
Office: Sutliff Hall #218
Phone: (570) 389-4562

Office Hours: MWF 1:00-2:00

TTH 9:00-9:30

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3.Department:Department of Management

4.Course Number:93.362

5.Course Title:Organizational Design

6.Credit Hours:3

7.Prerequisites:93.344, Principles of Management

8.Catalog Description: This course discusses the difference between micro and macro perspectives in the study of organization and provides a macro view in which the organization is the unit of analysis instead of individual members. The course provides students with an in depth understanding of how organizations are formed and how external as well as internal factors influence the structure and design of the organization. In addition, it examines the variables contributing to designing and managing organizations.

9.Goals and Objectives:

The course devotes to:

1. an understanding of the macro approach to organizations 2. an examination of contextual and structural variables 3. the investigation of organizational interdependency and control 4. designing organizational structures and processes: domestic and global/international

5. organizational change and decline
6. exercises in critical thinking, analyses, and synthesis 7. improvement of oral and written communication and presentation skills

10.Content Outline:

Macro versus micro perspectives of organization: A historical perspective on the organizational structure and functions; Closed and Open system Organizations. Characteristics of Open System Organizations.

Contextual Dimensions of Organizational Design: Internal & External Environment; Mission-Goals-Strategies and Organizational Effectiveness Models; Size—Life Cycle—and Decline of Organizations; Technology; Organizational Culture.

Structural Dimensions of Organizational Design: Formalization, Specialization, Hierarchy of Authority, Complexity, Centralization-Decentralization, Professionalism, and Personnel Ratios.

Fundamentals of Organizational Designs: Types of Organizational Designs, Designs for Global Competition.

Organizational Innovation, Change and Reengineering: Information Technology and Organizational Control, Culture and Ethical Values, Models of Decision Making Processes, Power and Political paradigm, Interdepartmental and Inter Organizational Conflicts and Relationships, Organizational Change and Development.

11. Methods:Lecture-discussion, Cases

12.Evaluation Procedures:

a. Attendance:
• Regular attendance is required. Grades may be lowered if classes are missed without legitimate excuses (i.e. personal injury, family emergency, school sponsored activity).

• I expect you to be on time for class.
• I expect you to attend the whole class session. Don’t leave class early unless you informed your instructor ahead of time.

b. Examinations:Two (2) Mid-term Exams will be administered during the semester. A term project in lieu of the final examination will be assigned. Following weights will be used for grading purposes: (provided as example)

Unit Exam (2@ 25%)50%
Term Project25% (20%+5% for the draft report) Presentation of the Project10%
Cases & Presentations* 15% Total 100%

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