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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: MGMT 360
Course Title: Organizational Theory
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of the foundations, theories, models and literature for designing effective organizations. Extensive library research and case work required. Prerequisite: MGMT 330.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MGMT 330.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Organizational Theory: A Strategic Approach
By B.J. Hodge, William P. Anthony & Lawrence M. Gates (Pearson)
Organizational Theory, Design and Change
By Gareth R. Jones (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To integrate new concepts and models from organization theory with changing events in the real world of organizations.
  • To understand, diagnose and respond to emerging organizational needs and problems.
  • To apply a contingency approach to the management of real organizations.
  • To demonstrate competency in critical thinking, written analysis and oral presentations on management cases.
  • To demonstrate a sensitivity to the importance of business ethics and social responsiveness.
    Measurable Learning
  • Explain contingency theory.
  • Explain the change process and its effects on organizational structure and strategic decision-making.
  • Prepare a written professional case analysis.
  • Prepare and deliver a professional oral case presentation.
  • Explain the major theories of business ethics.
    Topical Outline: Every Business Administration course includes a written and oral presentation component.
  • Introduction to organizational theory
  • The context of organizations
  • Managing the organizational context
  • Organizational processes

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    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: Ken Middleton Date: June 15, 2006
    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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