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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: BUSI 522
Course Title: Organizational Theory and Practice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of modern concepts of effective management. Discussions focus on foundations, theories, models and literature for designing effective organizational relationships.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Organization Theory
By Daft, Richard L. (South-Western College Publishing)
Course Objectives
  • To describe new concepts and models from organization theory with changing events in the real world of organizations.
  • To diagnose emerging organizational needs and problems.
  • To apply a contingency approach to the management of real organizations.
  • To be competent in critical thinking, written analysis, and oral presentations.
  • To be sensitive to the importance of business ethics and social responsiveness.
    Measurable Learning
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of principles of the structure and design of organizations for control and communication
    2. Evaluate the impact of environment, technology, culture, external and internal relationships, change and innovation, decision making, and strategy on the design  and structure of the organization
    3. Analyze classic and modern organizational designs and structural impact on competitive advantages
    4. Synthesize multiple issues facing modern organizations in order to adjust design and structure to react to changing environment
    5. Explain organizational theory to explain, influence and predict business environments
    Topical Outline:
    • Organizations and organization theory
    • Strategic management and organizational effectiveness
    • Organization structure and design
    • Open systems in organizational design
    • Life cycle of organizations
    • Global organizational structures
    • Organization design processes
    • Managing dynamic processes
    • Strategy and structure for the future

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Kenneth Akers Date: May 10, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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