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Organization Design *

Name of module: Organization Design *

Exam number: 3052

Semester/Trimester: Semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective course): Wahlpflicht

Frequency of module offer: Sommersemester 2009

Prerequisites: Die Größe des Kurses ist auf maximal 30 Teilnehmer beschränkt. Die Anmeldung zum Kurs erfolgt über das IBA-Büro bei Herrn Ingo Trenkmann (HG 040) bis zum 21. April 2009.

Applicability of module for other modules and study programmes:
Serviceveranstaltung für Studierende der Kultur- bzw. Rechtswissenschaften

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Wojciech Nasierowski

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Wojciech Nasierowski

Language of teaching: englisch

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 5

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Kontaktzeit (Vorlesung, Übung, Seminar etc.): 37,5 Std.; Selbststudium: 112,5 Std.

Contact hours (per week in semester): 3

Methods and duration of examination:
It is possible to earn a course requirement (Eigenleistungsschein). Provided that you successfully complete the written exam (50 %) and make a project work.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Eins

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- identify basic principles for organizational design and analyze their suitability in different empirical contexts
- critically assess, evaluate and compare design choices in various types of organizations
- dentify and solve organizational design problems taking the business idea and different stakeholder interests as a point of departure,
- contribute to a creative dialogue on organizational design issues

Contents of the module:
Why some organizational forms are more popular at one point in time, and why are some organizational forms more suitable than others? This course addresses classic and contemporary principles for organizational design, focusing practical application of existing knowledge as well as critical reflection on how business ideas, stakeholder interests, fashion and theoretical perspectives influence what we experience as proper organizational design. The course begins by providing a comprehensive overview of alternative approaches to organizational design and their application on various types of real-life organizations. Subsequently, the course turns its focus to the historical and stakeholder dependency on favored design choices – hence reducing the possibility to find one rational and objective design solution. Instead, different design choices will have different consequences. In the concluding part of the course, emphasis is placed on developing a holistic understanding on how to take advantage of the design of an organization while at the same time being aware of and dealing with the allied disadvantages.

Teaching and learning methods:
Wissensaneignung in der Vorlesung und in dem Projekt.
Reflexion: Diskussion des Vorlesungsstoffes in Vorlesung.
Transfer und Anwendung: Transfer des in der Vorlesung erarbeiteten Wissens in dem Projektteil der Veranstaltung.

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Will be announced at the beginning of the course.