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Skills you will gain

Organizational StructureKnowledge of General Business FunctionsOrganization DesignOrganizational TheoryStrategic Management

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Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • HR Specialists
  • Controllers
  • Operations Managers
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • IT Managers

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

1 video (Total 4 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 readings
About the Discussion Forums10m
Descriptions of Firms Discussed in This Course10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz20m
1 hour to complete

Module 1: Corporate Governance and the Role of Managers in Value Creation

7 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
1-1.1: What Is Management?6m
1-1.2: What Is the Role of Management in Organizations?5m
1-1.3: Who Are Managers Responsible To?10m
1-1.4: Who Should Monitor the Actions of Executives?5m
1-1.5: What Is Corporate Governance?9m
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2 readings
Module 1 Overview10m
Module 1 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Environment of Organizations: External and Internal Contingencies

11 videos (Total 96 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
2-1.1: The Process of Value Creation5m
2-1.2: Critical Contingencies to Organizational Design4m
2-1.3: Competing Business Models: The Credit Card Industry14m
2-1.4: Critical Elements of a Business Model5m
2-1.5: The Case of the Changing Music Industry3m
2-2.1: Industry Life Cycle9m
2-2.2: Trajectories of Industry Change11m
2-2.3: Internal Contingencies: Operational Technology and Strategy Making Process12m
2-2.4: Types of Workflow Interdependencies13m
2-2.5: Models of Competitive Strategy14m
2 readings
Module 2 Overview10m
Module 2 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz20m
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Organization Design – Differentiation

10 videos (Total 71 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
3-1.1: Differentiation in Organizational Design1m
3-1.2: What Is Organization Design and Design Effectiveness?10m
3-1.3: The Core Parts of Organizational Structure4m
3-1.4: Designing Organizations for Efficiency versus Flexibility?4m
3-1.5: Functional Design9m
3-1.6: Divisional Design9m
3-2.1: Generic Hybrid Designs14m
3-2.2: Contemporary Hybrid Designs9m
3-2.3: Conglomerates and Business Groups6m
2 readings
Module 3 Overview10m
Module 3 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Module 4: Elements of Organization Design – Integration

12 videos (Total 106 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
4-1.1: What Are the Main Elements of Integration in Organization Design?6m
4-1.2: What Is Coordination?10m
4-1.3: Vertical and Horizontal Coordination Mechanisms12m
4-1.4: Coordination and Teamwork6m
4-1.5: How Do We Achieve Efficiency and Flexibility?11m
4-2.1: What Is a Management Control System?12m
4-2.2: Traditional Control Systems6m
4-2.3: Contemporary Control Systems14m
4-2.4: Critical Issues Associated with Control Systems10m
4-2.5: How Do We Know Our Design Is Effective?11m
Course Recap2m
2 readings
Module 4 Overview10m
Module 4 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz20m
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Huseyin Leblebici

Professor of Business Administration
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign College of Business Department of Business Administration

Michael Bednar

Associate Professor
Business Administration

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About the Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization

Enhance leadership and business skills for immediate impact. Practice everyday leadership, manage people, learn and apply concepts and techniques to effectively manage organizations through organizational design, and formulate and implement strategy. Through the courses in this specialization, you will learn the fundamentals to effectively lead people and teams, manage organizations as well as tools to analyze business situations and develop strategies. The Specialization covers the strategic, human resource, and organizational foundations for creating and capturing value for sustainable competitive advantage – including how to manage people and organizations, analyze the competition, and develop strategies both within a business and across a portfolio of businesses. The capstone is a strategic leadership and management plan where you’ll apply what you will learn to an actual business situation with participation by one or more focal companies. The deliverable will be designed to create value from the perspective of potential employers while achieving pedagogical and experiential goals for learners. This Specialization is part of the University of Illinois Masters of Business Administration degree program, the iMBA. Learn more about the admission into the program here and how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into the program. You can also start with for-credit courses within the Illinois iMBA degree program....
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