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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 5,5 hours/week...
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Organization DesignStrategic ManagementBusiness StrategyOrganizational Structure
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Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 5,5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Structure Organizations

This module will introduce the fundamental dimensions of organization design. We will take a designer’s point of view and first introduce the “objective” elements of organization design, the organizational structure. This is reflected in the organization chart, the size and importance of the functional units, the organization by product lines, functions or geographical units. The second part of the module will cover other elements that govern the interaction between units and individuals, such as the degree of formalization and centralization, the reward system and the degree of task division. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
Introduction3m
Definitions and Examples14m
Organizational Challenges10m
Strategic Organization Design9m
Structural Dimensions9m
Contextual Dimensions5m
Promoting Cooperation and Coordination14m
Wrap Up1m
Reading2 readings
Course Overview10m
Book Chapter & Lecture Slides10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Understanding Organizations4m
Basics of Organization Design4m
Structure Organizations20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Manage Complexity and Interdependence

This module will integrate the elements laid out in the previous one. For an organization designer, it is crucial to realize that each of the elements will interact with others. For example, screening employees for their intrinsic motivation and subsequently leaving them little autonomy would lead to decreased performance. After laying out the general patterns of complementarity and substitutability, the module will proceed to outline the consequences for changing an organization’s design. Changes of a single design element will likely trigger further changes in other, related elements, and some organizational aspects like corporate culture or existing human capital may not be easy to change, if at all. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Definitions and Examples7m
Causes and Effects5m
Managing Interdependence5m
Channeling Individual Behavior7m
Designing Complementarities9m
Wrap Up1m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Understanding Complexity8m
Managing Complexity6m
Complexity and Interdependence20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Understand your Surroundings

The design of an organization is also affected by the firm’s environment. Firms finding themselves in a competitive environment may have to compete for key resources, including employees, with other firms, which may affect the way they recruit, but it may also have repercussions for the type of employees, or other resources, the firm can acquire. Similarly, if firms strive to continuously innovate and seek out new market opportunities, they have to be designed in a way to support this goal. Thus, a firm’s strategy, its competitive environment and its organization design have to be aligned to help a firm achieve its objective. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Definitions and Examples9m
Environmental Challenges6m
Meeting Environmental Challenges17m
Why Industry Matters8m
Example: Knowledge Industries5m
Wrap Up1m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Understanding the Firm Environment2m
Industry-Specific Design2m
Understand your Surroundings20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Decide on a Corporate Office

This module will highlight the role of the corporate office in a number of ways. First, its importance in corporate decision-making is analyzed: On the one hand, the corporate office is best placed to take the firm’s overall objectives into account, so corporate choices may be more efficient if taken by the corporate office. On the other hand, lower ranks in the hierarchy often carry more detailed information about the immediate challenges and changes in the different activities of the firm. Second, this module looks at the scope of decisions the corporate office takes. While some corporate offices restrict themselves to providing an internal financial market, others will heavily control the specific actions of the lower-ranked units. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Introduction4m
Improving Performance8m
Shared Services, Compliance and Combinations4m
A Form of Centralization6m
Scope of Decision-Making8m
Wrap Up1m
Reading1 reading
Lecture Slides10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Corporate Office4m
Decide on a Corporate Office20m
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By RGJan 12th 2018

Excellent course that is fully applicable in real world. The theory explained is demonstrable in real life companies.

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Tobias Kretschmer

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Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization

About Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

As one of Europe's leading research universities, LMU Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its 500-year-tradition of scholarship, LMU covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from the humanities and cultural studies through law, economics and social studies to medicine and the sciences....

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!...
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  • 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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