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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 Neil C

Oct 28, 2020

Really enjoyed the course, I learnt a lot and found the subject and tutor interesting.

By Jeckonia O O

Jun 8, 2018

I enjoyed the course, I am happy since I have enlarged my knowledge about management.

By Ruoyuan S

Jan 10, 2018

Very informative! Some videos worth a second watch for a fully grasp on the material.

By David E

Oct 26, 2019

Great content and structure - what I've learned I am actively applying in my work.

By Anirudh R

Dec 4, 2020

very elaborate and resourceful course presented very well kudos team Stanford!!!!

By Nurul M C

May 26, 2020

This is an extraordinary course for me. It will help me to go higher in my career

By Abdullah E A

Sep 13, 2018

This course provide so much insights, knowledge, and perspective I've never known

By Srinath G

May 31, 2017

Simply brilliant course material & depth of learning Organisation forms & factor

By Vipul L

Mar 4, 2018

Great knowledge, professor is very knowledgeable and communicates it very well.

By Sanjay S

Jan 27, 2018

Exceptional insights with several case studies. Recommended for all corporates.

By marco l

May 6, 2020

very informative and useful hope there will be soon a new edition to enroll in

By Scott K

Aug 2, 2020

Amazing Course! Really enjoyed it across the span of the 10 weeks! Thank you

By nevo h

Jun 21, 2020

great course, lots of ground covered really quickly and great extra readings

By Abdulaziz N A

Apr 25, 2020

it was hard but a great course and i will keep it as learning reference

By Adeniji B

Aug 1, 2020

Great for anyone seeking to be a Researcher, an Analyst or a Manager

By Mohd J

Jun 29, 2019

Best course with conceptual knowledge to understand an organisation.

By Alexa a

Jul 18, 2019

This course gives you everything yo need to become a better manager

By Samuel N K

May 6, 2019


By Deleted A

Jul 27, 2017

I could update myself with new approaches that I was not aware of .

By Daniel R R U

Jul 30, 2017

Great course! It's a must for anyone who works in an organization.

By Amy A A

Feb 26, 2021

An excellent course for those considering a career in management.

By Mulugeta A

Aug 19, 2020

it is essential to all organized your organization, and mangeing.

By Stefan K

Nov 25, 2017

Very comprehensive course, often dense, but highly informative!

By Tin L

May 29, 2017

Great course. Course tutor was excellent and relatable.

By Bill N

Aug 18, 2018

Relevant and interesting. I would certainly recommend.