About this Course

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Learner Career Outcomes

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Approx. 9 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Organization DesignStrategic ManagementBusiness StrategyOrganizational Structure

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Structure Organizations

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Introduction3m
Definitions and Examples14m
Organizational Challenges10m
Strategic Organization Design9m
Structural Dimensions9m
Contextual Dimensions5m
Promoting Cooperation and Coordination14m
Wrap Up1m
2 readings
Course Overview10m
Book Chapter & Lecture Slides10m
3 practice exercises
Understanding Organizations4m
Basics of Organization Design4m
Structure Organizations20m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Manage Complexity and Interdependence

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Definitions and Examples7m
Causes and Effects5m
Managing Interdependence5m
Channeling Individual Behavior7m
Designing Complementarities9m
Wrap Up1m
1 reading
Lecture Slides10m
3 practice exercises
Understanding Complexity8m
Managing Complexity6m
Complexity and Interdependence20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Understand your Surroundings

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Definitions and Examples9m
Environmental Challenges6m
Meeting Environmental Challenges17m
Why Industry Matters8m
Example: Knowledge Industries5m
Wrap Up1m
1 reading
Lecture Slides10m
3 practice exercises
Understanding the Firm Environment2m
Industry-Specific Design2m
Understand your Surroundings20m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Decide on a Corporate Office

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Introduction4m
Improving Performance8m
Shared Services, Compliance and Combinations4m
A Form of Centralization6m
Scope of Decision-Making8m
Wrap Up1m
1 reading
Lecture Slides10m
2 practice exercises
Corporate Office4m
Decide on a Corporate Office20m

About the Competitive Strategy and Organization Design Specialization

Paired with humorous elements and illustrating examples, the Competitive Strategy and Organization Design specialization is the ideal choice for curious individuals who enjoy unique learning experiences and innovative teaching approaches. Its style is likely to appeal especially to young, middle-aged and young-at-heart learners. The specialization is indended for learners interested in engaging in fundamental theories and concepts of strategy and organization and applying these to practice. Employed professionals and management students will benefit from deepening and refreshing their existing knowledge by means of our specialization. Learners with non-business backgrounds will gain valuable additional business insights complementing their existing knowledge. Participants will learn to understand and analyze ● behavior of organizations in situations in which strategic decisions are interdependent ● strategies to build up and maintain a customer base ● internal workings of an organization as well as its interaction with the outside world, i.e. partners, complementors and competitors ● the design of an effective organization that can compete, grow and adjust flexibly to different environments This specialization is the only online learning program in which students can learn and laugh at the same time. That said, we are looking forward to learning and laughing with you!...
Competitive Strategy and Organization Design

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • Strategic Organization Design is the third course of our "Competitive Strategy and Organization Design" specialilzation on Coursera.

    While your overall understanding will surely benefit from enrolling in the first two specialization courses "Competitive Strategy" and "Advanced Competitive Strategy", no worries - you will also enjoy this course individually, without any prior enrollments.

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