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About the Course

In this introductory, self-paced course, you will learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change. Organizations are groups whose members coordinate their behaviors in order to accomplish a shared goal. They can be found nearly everywhere in today’s society: universities, start-ups, classrooms, hospitals, non-profits, government bureaus, corporations, restaurants, grocery stores, and professional associations are some of many examples of organizations. Organizations are as varied and complex as they are ubiquitous: they differ in size and internal structure; they can entail a multiplicity of goals and tasks (some of which are planned and others unplanned!); they are made up of individuals whose goals and motivations may differ from those of the group; and they must interact with other organizations and deal with environmental constraints in order to be successful. This complexity frequently results in a myriad of problems for organizational participants and the organization’s survival. In this course, we will use organizational theories to systematically analyze how an organization operates and can best be managed. Organizational theories highlight certain features of an organization’s structure and environment, as well as its processes of negotiation, production, and change. Each provides a lens for interpreting novel organizational situations and developing a sense for how individual and group behaviors are organized. Theories are valuable for the analyst and manager because most organizational problems are unique to the circumstances and cannot be solved by simple rules of thumb. Armed with a toolset of organizational theories, you will be able to systematically identify important features of an organization and the events transforming it; choose a theoretical framework most applicable to the observed mode of organizing; and use that theory to determine which actions will best redirect the organization in desired directions. In sum, the course has three goals: to become familiar with a series of real-world organizational phenomena; to learn different theoretical perspectives that can elucidate these phenomena; and to apply these different ways of “seeing” and managing organizations to cases. In such a fashion, the course is designed to actively bridge theory and practice, exposing students to a variety of conceptual tools and ways to negotiate novel situations....

Top reviews

Sep 2, 2019

Very challenging yet worth it. If you are in an administrative position in an organization (especially education) you will get some great perspectives/understandings from this course. Take good notes!

Apr 29, 2020

This course provides in-depth analyses of a host of organizational theories and their application in real life. The dissection of each case and the applicability of the theories are really insightful.

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By Richa

Apr 13, 2018

Case and Applications where very interesting. Quiz

By Richard C

Aug 31, 2017

A really eye opening and thought provoking course.

By Aulia A P

Apr 14, 2017

the best way to learn organization and analyze it

By Maksym B

Nov 17, 2019

Challenging and relevant! I highly recommend it1


Feb 18, 2019

it was such a great experience enhanced my mind

By Betzabeth S

Jun 8, 2020

Excellent material and instruction. Thank you.


Oct 4, 2017

Interesting and enjoyable course. Thank you!

By Ernst-Stephen P

Jul 31, 2017

Useful information on Organizational Analysis!

By Tania Z S

Jan 16, 2021

Muy buen curso, ojalá y fuera más actualizado

By Nyam-Ochir B

Dec 11, 2016

Excellent course! Highly recommended to take.

By Ketevan K

Aug 1, 2019

Very Interesting course, I loved everything!

By Faisal K

Apr 3, 2019

Excellent course on Organisational dynamics.

By Ralph S

Oct 14, 2020

Excellent and very well-developed course.

By Hugo D Á

May 22, 2017

Complete, recent and usefull information.

By Ammary V

Aug 7, 2020


Excellent information, thank you

By Mohammed A

Sep 5, 2018

Very informative and easily applicable!

By Gail R

Jun 25, 2020

Tough course but learned a great deal!

By Li C J

Aug 30, 2020

Great Course! Learned a lot from it.

By Dennis L

Sep 20, 2020

Es un curso extenso. vale la pena!

By Abdus S C

Jun 25, 2020

It was very knowledge based course

By Jack G

Jan 11, 2019

Great source of knowledge, thanks.

By Ivo W

Feb 8, 2021

Very useful, and well structured.

By Rachel E C

Sep 16, 2020

Wonderful course. I learned alot

By Parimal M

Aug 18, 2018

Intensive Learning Experience...

By Mohamed M M

Aug 15, 2017

a very good and important course