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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, and literature for designing effective organizational relationships.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Internet access is required to obtain additional course-related information.

Organization Theory
By Daft, Richard L. (South-Western College Publishing)
Organizational Behavior
By Kreitner and Kinicki (McGraw-Hill)
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
  • Explain contingency theory.
  • Explain the context dimensions of organizations: goals, environment, technology, size, and life cycle.
  • Explain the appropriateness of organizational structures.
  • Explain the decision-making process.
  • Explain the change process.
  • Prepare a written professional case analysis.
  • Prepare and deliver a professional oral case presentation.
  • Explain the major theories of business ethics.
  • Explain the relationship between organizational structure and strategic decision-making.
    Topical Outline:

    This course includes a written and oral presentation component.

  • Organizations and organization theory
  • Strategic management and organizational effectiveness
  • Organization structure and design
  • 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 You may access them from off-campus 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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