Skip to main content

Search Bar Icon Close Menu

Online classes

Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2017/2018

MGMT 360: Organizational Theory

Course Description

Examination of the foundations, theories, models, and literature for designing effective organizations. Extensive library research and case-work is required.

Prerequisite: MGMT 330 – Principles of Management

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Jones, Gareth R. Organizational Theory, Design, and Change. 7th. Prentice Hall .
    • ISBN-978-0-13-272994-9

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The primary objective of this course is for the student to gain an understanding of basic organizational theory while developing managerial tools necessary to be effective in the modern world of work. The readings will provide a foundation for the development of knowledge of organizational structure and design, the organizational environment, managerial challenges, and the processes that are evident in twenty-first century organizational cultures. During the course it will be apparent to the student where MGMT 360 fits into the overall business administration curriculum. Through individual research, students will be exposed to the professional literature in the field of business and organizational theory. The course will provide the student an opportunity to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in four of the college’s lifelong learning goals: interdisciplinary study, multiculturalism, writing and critical thinking. These will be accomplished through weekly discussion of the chapter readings, reflection on and discussion of student research, feedback on student writing and an in-depth look at case studies in organizational theory.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • Integrate new concepts and models from organization theory with changing events in the real world of organizations;
  • Understand, diagnose, and respond to emerging organizational needs and problems;
  • Apply a contingency approach to the management of real organizations;
  • Demonstrate competency in critical thinking and written analysis on organizational theory cases; and
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the importance of business ethics and social responsiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • 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 case presentation.
  • Explain the major theories of business in relation to organizational theory.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 540-600 90-100%
B 480-539 80-89%
C 420-479 70-79%
D 360-419 60-69%
F 0-359 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (14) 70 12%
Case Studies (5) 70 12%
Exams (2) 200 33%
Journal Article Assignment (5) 60 10%
Research Paper (1) 200 33%
Total 600 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions Discussion 0 Sunday
Plagiarism Quiz 0
Discussion 1 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 5
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 5
Case Study 1: Sony’s “Gaijin” CEO is Reorganizing the Company. 10
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 5
Case Study 2: A Tale of Two Cultures. 10
Research Paper Proposal 0 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 5
Journal Articles 60 Wednesday/Sunday of week assigned
Midterm examination 100 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 5
Case Study 3: Nike Learns How to Change 10
Research Paper Outline 0 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 5
Case Study 4: How Mattel’s Barbie Lost the War against the Bratz Doll. 10
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14 5
Case Study 5: Politics at Walt Disney. 10
Research Paper 200 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Case Study 6: Integrative Case 20 Friday
Final Exam 100 Saturday
Total Points 600

Assignment Overview

Each student is responsible for:

All written exercises will reflect the accurate application of the week's topics presented during that week's material, with attention toward creative problem solving, presentation style and originality of contribution. “Recycled” work (Your work or others’ work done in previous courses being utilized in current ones.) will not be accepted for any assignment in this course.

Text readings

Text readings should be completed prior to submitting weekly discussion (to questions and cases) postings. All graded assignments will rely upon information derived from our text readings. However, take the opportunity to use external sources to support your ideas and points related to the online discussion and case postings.

Discussions

Discussion postings should be completed by the respective deadlines and incorporate the following (I am looking for your ability to think through the concepts, demonstrate application, and apply critical thinking skills in a written format):
·        
Original post submitted by Wednesday (midnight) each week.
·        
Response to other postings by Sunday (midnight) each week.
·        
Definition of any and all concepts addressed in the chapter questions.
·        
Reference to the text readings and appropriate citations of sources, following general APA/MLA style guide.
·        
Demonstration of your understanding of the concepts and ideas presented and application of critical thinking skills. 
·       
An example or illustration. Consider using in-chapter cases or an organization (firm) that you are familiar with to relate to the readings and concepts.

Discussion and Case postings will be graded according to the Discussion/Case grade criteria found in the Content are of this course.

Case Study Postings

Case Study postings should be completed by the deadlines and incorporate the following (I am looking for your ability to think through the concepts and issues, relate case facts with text concepts, demonstrate application, and apply critical thinking skills in a written format):

·   
Original post submitted by Wednesday (midnight) of the week assigned.
·   
Response to other postings by Sunday (midnight) each week.
·   
Definition of any and all concepts addressed in the case questions. Make use the text readings. Cite sources, following general APA/MLA style guide.
·   
Demonstration of your understanding of the concepts and ideas and application of critical thinking skills.

Exams

There will be a midterm and a final exam, each worth 100 points.  The two exams comprise 33% of the student’s final grade. The midterm will cover chapters 1 through 8 and will consist of 50 T/F and/or MC questions. The final will cover chapters 9 through 14 and will consist of 50 T/F and/or MC questions.

Journal Article Assignment

This assignment is worth 60 points or 10% of the student’s final grade. See the journal assignment in the course content area for more details regarding this assignment.

Research Paper

The research paper is worth 200 points or 33% of the student’s final grade. See the research paper assignment in the course content area for more details regarding this assignment.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Organizational Theory
Readings
Chapter 1: Organizations and Organizational Effectiveness
Chapter 2: Stakeholders, Managers, and Ethics
Introductions Discussion
Please introduce yourself; including things like your name, home location, profession, hobbies, interest in management, why you are taking this course, and any other item that would help us all to get to know each other.
Plagiarism Quiz
Discussion 1
The subject of this textbook is organizational theory. What do you think should be the relationship between theory and managerial practice (what managers do)? How do you think a thorough knowledge of organization theory would help today’s managers do a better job?
Discussion 2
How can you use agency theory to describe basic human nature? How does this basic human nature contribute to problems within organizations? What is the agency problem?
Week 2: The Global Environment
Readings
Chapter 3: Organizing in a Changing Global Environment
Chapter 4: Basic Challenges of Organizational Design
Discussion 3
(Chapter 3): Identify one typical local business in your community (e.g. , fast food, computer retail, or bank) and describe fully the environment that this local business might face. Why is it important for managers to be aware of that environment?
Discussion 4
(Chapter 4): Distinguish between a mechanistic and an organic structure. When would you suggest that each be used? Can they be used together in the same organization? How might these prototypes be affected by non-structural means for integration? Explain.
Case Study 1: Sony’s “Gaijin” CEO is Reorganizing the Company.
Respond to both questions (questions 1 – 2) at the end of chapter 4, Case for Analysis (Page 118). Your responses should link case facts with concepts presented in the readings (application).
Week 3: Bureaucracy
Readings
Chapter 5: Designing Organizational Structure: Authority and Control
Chapter 6: Designing Organizational Structure: Specialization and Coordination
Discussion 5
(Chapter 5): When does bureaucracy become a problem in an organization? What can managers do to prevent bureaucratic problems from arising? Explain.
Discussion 6
(Chapter 6): What kind of structure does your organization have? Why does the company use this kind of structure? Provide a brief account of the advantages/disadvantages associated with this structure for your organization.
Case Study 2: A Tale of Two Cultures.
Respond to both questions (questions 1 –2) at the end of chapter 7, Case for Analysis (Page 204). Your responses should link case facts with concepts presented in the readings (application).
Research Paper Proposal
Submit the topic for your research paper to the Dropbox for approval by Sunday. If you have difficulty in selecting a topic, I will be happy to provide one for you.
Week 4: Organizational Culture
Readings
Chapter 7: Creating and Managing Organizational Culture
Chapter 8: Organizational Design and Strategy in a Changing Global Environment
Discussion 7
(Chapter 7): In what ways can organizational culture increase organizational effectiveness? Why is it important to obtain the right fit between organizational structure and culture?
Discussion 8
(Chapter 8): In what ways do your organization’s structure and culture match its strategy? Is there a good match? Explain.
Journal Article Discussion
See Content area.
Journal Articles
I will assign a journal article (see course content area) to you during week two. You will obtain the article from the Columbia College online Library or a library of your choice, write a synopsis of the article, submit the synopsis to the Dropbox by the assigned week, and post the synopsis to the Discussion area for that specific week. Refer to the journal article assignment in the course Content area for more details.
Midterm examination
The Midterm Examination is a 50-question exam. It will cover material included in the discussions, weekly assignments, and material from chapters 1-8 of the textbook. The midterm examination will be administered via the course web site (quizzes). You will have until Sunday evening (11:59 p.m.) of Week four to complete the midterm.
Week 5: The Role of Technology in Organizational Change
Readings
Chapter 9: Organizational Design, Competences, and Technology
Chapter 10: Types and Forms of Organizational Change
Discussion 9
(Chapter 9): The technological imperative suggests that technology drives structure. What does this mean? Why and how does technology drive structure? Most large organizations employ not one technology, but many technologies. What might be the implications for organization theory and management practice?
Discussion 10
(Chapter 10): Why and how does change pose a dilemma to organizations? What do you think are the likely consequences for an organization that does not change? What is organizational development? What is its goal? Explain.
Case Study 3: Nike Learns How to Change
Respond to both questions (questions 1 – 2) at the end of chapter 10, Case for Analysis (Page 301). Your responses should link case facts with concepts presented in the readings (application).
Research Paper Outline
Submit the outline for your research paper by Sunday (non-graded). The outline should include a high-level overview of the paper, along with three to four references. Outlines must be submitted no later than the Sunday of Week five. Refer to the research paper assignment in the course Content area for more information.
Journal Article Discussion
See course Content area.
Week 6: The Transformational Process
Readings
Chapter 11: Organizational Transformations: Birth, Growth, Decline, and Death
Chapter 12: Decision Making, Learning, Knowledge, Management, and Information Technology
Discussion 11
(Chapter 11): Must all organizations either grow or die? Is growth always good? What can happen to the culture of a growing organization? A declining one? Explain.
Discussion 12
(Chapter 12): What are the key assumptions of the rational economic decision-making model? Are they reasonable assumptions in the typical organizational context? Why does bounded rationality plague most organizational decisions? What are the consequences of bounded rationality decisions?
Case Study 4: How Mattel’s Barbie Lost the War against the Bratz Doll.
Respond to both questions (questions 1 – 2) at the end of chapter 12, Case for Analysis (Page 361). Your responses should link case facts with concepts presented in the readings (application).
Journal Article Discussion
See course Content area.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Organizational Politics
Readings
Chapter 13: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity
Chapter 14: Managing Conflict, Power, and Politics
Discussion 13
(Chapter 13): What is the relationship among creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation? Explain.
Discussion 14
(Chapter 14): Why and under what conditions can conflict be good or bad for an organization? Why is it important to maintain a balance of power between different groups of organizational stakeholders?
Case Study 5: Politics at Walt Disney.
Respond to both questions (questions 1 – 2) at the end of the Case for Analysis. Your responses should link case facts with concepts presented in the readings (application).
Research Paper
The research paper is due this week. Submit to the course Dropbox. Research papers must be submitted no later than the Sunday of Week seven.
Journal Article Discussion
See course Content area.
Week 8: Wrapping things up
Case Study 6: Integrative Case
I will assign one integrated case to students at the end of week seven. To support our learning objectives, you should read ALL the cases to support our discussion efforts; however, you will be responsible for ONE case and addressing case questions. Your responses to the case(s) should link case facts with concepts presented in the readings (application).
Final Exam
The final examination is a 50-question exam. The final exam will cover material included in the discussions, weekly assignments, and material from chapters 9-14 of the textbook. The final examination will be administered via the course web site (quizzes). Students will have from Wednesday (6:00 a.m.) through Sunday evening (11:59 p.m.) of Week eight to complete the final examination.
Journal Article Discussion
See course Content area.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No late assignments will be accepted or graded without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and without instructor notification prior to the due date (please refer to the Columbia College Catalog).

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


+

Request info