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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Organizational Analysis by Stanford University

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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

AL

Sep 03, 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!

MA

Apr 30, 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 Bernhard

Aug 30, 2017

Very good course with many examples. I can recommend the course.

It is a bit long in comparison to other Coursera formats but worth the time!

By Neofytos K

Sep 14, 2017

Very intersting course, presenting the theories for approaching and analyzing organizations and always providing appropriate case examples

By Sriram D

Aug 05, 2020

I wish the course was dealt with in a simpler language rather than large words considering the international exposure to the course.

By Kenneth E D

Aug 09, 2018

The course provides a great basic understanding of how to analyze an organization. It provides great tools for future analysis.

By Joris J S

Dec 10, 2017

Very interesting to learn organizational theories. It will help to assess the effectiveness of your own organization.

By Prashanth M N

Aug 13, 2017

A really good course for making sense of a lot of things that happen at a macro level in an organisation.

By Osama s

Apr 23, 2020

Very useful course, but I received the certificate without the logo of Stanford University, why?

By KARNAM S B

Aug 16, 2020

Look forward to examples that are more related to the profit-making corporate world.

By shruthikallur

Sep 29, 2017

Well structured course. Great materials and easy to follow teaching methodology

By shruti m

Jul 02, 2020

A challenging course. However, it offers a lot of theoretical knowledge!

By Víctor E M A

Jan 23, 2017

Very good theoretical basis to understand the reality of organizations.

By Amit J

Jul 08, 2017

Great content and explanation. Thanks Professor and the academic team!

By Pooja G

Sep 22, 2020

Explaination was good in these course and good content

By Pradeep D

May 01, 2020

Good content..need very focused learning to pass.

By Jeroen O

Nov 22, 2017

Very interesting course, easy to follow!

By Andres A

Jul 23, 2020

Mr Mcfarland is a great professor

By Louis U A

Jun 04, 2018

Was enriched by the lessons.

By Shikha s

Dec 29, 2017

Amazing learning experience.

By yashaswini

Apr 02, 2018

GREAT LECTURES & TOPIC

By Ing. P G

Sep 07, 2017

great very deep course

By sergio

Apr 14, 2020

was good -

By kareem E h

Jan 09, 2018

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By Jeanna K

Jan 03, 2018

Excellent overview of theories helps you understand what else to pursue or research, it's a very good baseline. The testing concepts are dated and not terribly effective. The capstone is 111 questions, which as we all know, prompts us all to develop a strategy to pass the test, vs assessing our application of concepts . Also there was no response to questions during the course. (Coursera tried to make contact and get resolution as well, the response problem is with the course developer not Coursera)

By Janice

May 01, 2017

Interesting concepts. The instructor is knowledgeable. As an organizational development practitioners, I found it very academic relative to the terms used and examples given. In some cases, I had to translate the terms used to every day layman language to really understand the concepts as they would apply in my day-to-day work.