Organizations are complex and can be difficult to manage well. So managers need tools to help them better understand and deal with the many complexities and challenges associated with organizational life. In this course, you will learn theories, principles, and frameworks that will help you to design more effective organizations. We will view organizations from different perspectives that we will use as lenses to help us bring common organizational challenges, and solutions to those challenges, into focus. Some of these common challenges include clarifying the organization’s purpose, setting up effective governance systems, measuring organizational effectiveness, choosing an appropriate organizational structure, dealing with growing pains, and responding to changes outside the organization. As you learn and apply the principles from this course, you will be better prepared to effectively navigate the challenges that you face in your own organization.
You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.
MODULE 1: PURPOSE AND GOVERNANCE
This module explores the purpose of a business and shows how can managers infuse a sense of purpose into their organizations. It also examines different perspectives on corporate governance.
MODULE 2: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
This module explores various organizational structures and provides a framework for knowing when to choose a particular structure.
MODULE 3: GROWTH AND ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE CYCLES
This module explores several of the organizational design implications that managers need to recognize as they grow and move through various stages of the organizational life cycle.
Module 4: EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
In this module, we examine ways in which organizations can be designed to effectively respond to changes in the external environment.