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ManagementOrganizational TheoryOrganizational AnalysisOrganizational Culture
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Hours to complete

Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Module 1 - Introduction

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Reading
11 videos (Total 114 min), 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Lecture 1 - Introduction to Organizations - Part 26m
Lecture 2 - Analytic Features of Organizations - Part 113m
Lecture 2 - Analytic Features of Organizations - Part 29m
Lecture 3 - Case Applications - Part 116m
Lecture 3 - Case Applications - Part 219m
Module 1 - SSC1 - Introduction and Multiunit Organizations (2013)10m
Module 1 - SSC2 - Social Movements and Temporary Organizing (2013)8m
Module 1 - SSC3 - Leaders (2013)7m
Module 1 - SSC4 - Resistance to Change (2013)7m
Module 1 - SSC5 - Open Organization (2013)5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz: Module 1 - Quiz36m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 2 - Decisions by Rational and Rule-based Procedures

In this module, we will present a general introduction and discussion to decision-making in organizations. We will relate various rational system views of organizations that tend to focus on administrative units, or leaders of organizations....
Reading
11 videos (Total 102 min), 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Lecture 4 - Rational Actor - Part 28m
Lecture 5 - Example: Cuban Missile Crisis - Part 17m
Lecture 5 - Example: Cuban Missile Crisis - Part 214m
Lecture 5 - Example: Cuban Missile Crisis - Part 3 6m
Lecture 6 - Chicago Public School Reforms - Part 1 13m
Lecture 6 - Chicago Public School Reforms - Part 2 16m
Module 2 - SSC1 - What Logic in Your Firm? (2013)5m
Module 2 - SSC2 - Superstition (2013)5m
Module 2 - SSC3 - What Decision Theory Is Right? (2013)8m
Module 2 - SSC4 - Culture and Intuition (2013)4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 - Quiz32m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 3 - Decisions by Dominant Coalitions

This module will give a more elaborate depiction of that model, and focus on its core process of exchange and coalition formation. Within organizations, you will frequently confront coalitions of interests, and you will come to realize that collective action and organizational reforms are impossible if you do not build and manage a coalition to get things done. Therefore, we turn now to Coalition theory. To relate this theory, throughout this chapter we will draw heavily on the writings by James G March (1962, 1994: chapter 4) and Kevin Hula (1999) concerning coalition formation....
Reading
11 videos (Total 72 min), 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Lecture 7 - Review and Example - Part 2 8m
Lecture 8 - Exchange and Coalitions - Part 1 10m
Lecture 8 - Exchange and Coalitions - Part 2 8m
Lecture 9 - Hula and Lobbying Coalitions - Part 1 8m
Lecture 9 - Hula and Lobbying Coalitions - Part 2 6m
Module 3 - SSC 1 - Coalition Leaders (2013)6m
Module 3 - SSC 2 - Are Coalitions Temporary? (2013)4m
Module 3 - SSC 3 - Why Is Ambiguity Good? (2013)6m
Module 3 - SSC 4 - Prioritizing Your Threads! (2013)3m
Module 3 - SSC 5 - Invisible Resistance - (2013)4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 - Quiz32m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 4 - Organized Anarchy

This module introduces you to the basic features of decision making in organized anarchies, or what some call a “garbage can theory’ of organizations. What do we mean that the decision process resembled an organized anarchy? Well, for example, some of them have a hard time coming up with their group’s platform and identity. Also, some of the group’s proposed solutions changed over the course of bargaining – some initially proposed universal vouchers only to promote targeted vouchers in the end. Almost all of the groups thought in terms of an identity and what that entailed. And they also thought about other’s identities and interests when trying to manipulate the situation in their favor....
Reading
8 videos (Total 96 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Lecture 10 - Organized Anarchy - Part 2 9m
Lecture 10 - Organized Anarchy - Part 3 13m
Lecture 11 - Applications - Part 1 17m
Lecture 11 - Applications - Part 2 19m
Module 4 - SSC 1- Managing Organized Anarchy (2013)11m
Module 4 - SSC 2 - Brainstorming (2013)9m
Module 4 - SSC 3 - Deadline (2013)7m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 - Quiz26m
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By JVNov 11th 2017

I think I would have given an overview at the beginning, kind of a framework, to put all theories and aspects in place. Excellent. Including the videos discussing the questions of the students.

By AVDec 26th 2016

I am impressed and exceptionally satisfied passing the course. Very useful, presents range of theories and points of view, combined with real life cases and in-depth explanations. Thank you!

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Daniel A. McFarland

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Education, Sociology, and Organizational Behavior

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