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MGT 326: Organizational Theory

Course Description

This course is a macro examination of organizations as it addresses the whole organization as a unit. It relates to how organizations should be designed (organized and changed) to best achieve their objectives and therefore is primarily related to top and middle management concerns. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the concepts of organizational theory and their implications.
  2. Develop comprehension of best practices in understanding organizational theory and leading change.
  3. Describe cultural implication of organizational theory and change.
  4. Apply critical thinking approach to understanding, evaluating, and leading organizational change.
  5. Compare and show connections between practical experiences and the theories and strategies of organizational change.
  6. Explain principles of leading change, planning change, resistance to change.
  7. Develop approaches and techniques for conflict resolution.
  8. Explain how to communicate change, and as well as organizational and individual mandates for change.
  9. Analyze overall implications of change.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Written Assignments (Week 1-8)

25%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

15%

Final Report Summary & Recommendations (Week 8)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Burke, W.A., (2018) Organization Change: theory and practice, 5th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN-13: 9781506357997

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topic: Introduction to Organization Theory
  • No textbook readings this week.
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project A

2

1,3,4,5,6

Topics: Understanding Growth, Change, & the Stages of Life Cycle Development
  • Textbook - Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project B
  • Submit Case Study

3

1,2,4,5,9

Topics: What to Change & Building a Need for Change
  • Textbook - Chapters 3 & 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project C
  • Submit Assignment: Linda Hill's "How to Manage for Collective Creativity"

4

1,4,5,6,7

Topic: Levels of Organizational Change
  • Textbook - Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project D
  • Complete Midterm Exam

5

1,3,4,5,9

Topics: Recipients of Change and Stakeholders
  • Textbook - Chapters 7 & 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project E
  • Submit Reflection Paper

6

3,4,5,6,8

Topics: Becoming an Agent and Making a Plan
  • Textbook - Chapters 9 & 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project F
  • Submit Case Study

7

4,6,7,9

Topic: Organizational Cultures
  • Textbook - Chapters 11 & 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project G
  • Submit Case Study

8

3,4,5,6

Topic: Leading Organizational Change
  • Textbook - Chapters 13, 14 & 15
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Organizational Theory Project, Project H
  • Complete Final Exam

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