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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


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.


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!

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By Li C J

Aug 31, 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 Rachel E C

Sep 17, 2020

Wonderful course. I learned alot

By Parimal M

Aug 18, 2018

Intensive Learning Experience...

By Mohamed M M

Aug 16, 2017

a very good and important course

By Luiz M

Jul 20, 2017

One of the best MOOCs around...


Aug 21, 2020

Learnt a lot from the course.

By Eleonora J R

Apr 12, 2019

Incredibly good and complete!

By Melody R

Mar 03, 2019


By Evi I

Nov 18, 2017

This is very good course.

By Gabriel H L M

Jul 02, 2020

Its an amazing course!!!

By Ibteisam M

Jul 03, 2017


By MD. A A

Feb 10, 2018

great course indeed.

By Milad J

Sep 16, 2017

very helpful course

By Joe M

Feb 12, 2017

Enjoyed the course!

By M N A R

Jul 07, 2017

helpfull thanks !

By Dr J W L

Jun 17, 2017

The lecture was e

By Carlos M C

Sep 11, 2020

Excelent course.

By Robert B C

Jan 15, 2018

Excellent course

By Nikita K

Jan 11, 2018

So informative!!

By Rajan S

Mar 07, 2017

Excellent Course

By Kevin E G V

Aug 31, 2020


By Franco D H F

May 21, 2020

Excelente curso