Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
• Describe how contextual factors (e.g., the external environment, business strategy, organizational size, technology, and organizational culture) relate to organizational design choices.
• Describe how organization design relates to the achievement of organizational goals.
• Analyze a complex business case, determine the role of organizational behavior and design issues in organizational performance problems, and specify design changes to remedy the core problem(s).
• Distinguish between and diagnose individual and group processes in organizations
• Develop and specify recommendations for change and improvement based on the organizational behavior theories we discuss.
This course is designed to assist students in understanding of the basic principles of management and organization design. More specifically, it covers organizational design and behavior from both a macro and a micro perspective. Individuals do not behave independently of the organizational structure in which they perform. Thus, an understanding of both the macro and micro perspectives and how these two perspectives interrelate are essential for understanding organizations and their effective management.
In this course we cover principles of organization design and its effects on specific behavioral processes. Specific issues and problems which are covered include: the relationship of the organization with the external environment, the influence of the organization's strategies, culture, size, and production technology on the organization's design, and strategies for managing organizational behavior such as teams, conflict, power/politics.
The course will rely on selected chapters from the following text books. Lecture materials will be distributed in class and also available on-line at the course’s Canvas site.
- Burton, R. M., Obel, B. & Håkonsson, D.D. (2015). Organizational Design A Step-by-Step Approach, 3rd Edition. Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9781107483613.
- Daft, R. L. (2015). Organization Theory and Design, 12th Edition. Cengage Learning, ISBN 1285866347.
- Robbins, S. & Judge. (2017). Essentials of Organizational Behavior, 14th Edition. Pearson, ISBN 0134523857.
The course uses a combination of lectures, student presentations, discussions and
All reading assignments must be completed prior to attending class. This is essential for quality group discussions and participation in class exercises. Students should be ready to discuss the assigned material at the beginning of each class.
Attendance, Participation and Conduct:
Success in this course depends heavily on your attendance, discussions, and participation in class activities. Your attendance and preparation is crucial. Remember that physical attendance does not constitute class participation so you will need to be involved. Absences/late arrivals will be recorded and will result in a lower grade and may include dismissal from the program. Students arriving late will be considered absent as will anyone leaving early without prior approval.
All cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off and put away during class. Use of personal laptop computers is limited to class activities when advised by the professor --- no surfing the web, shopping, emailing, or instant messaging will be allowed. Music devices must be stored away during class time. Electronics should be used in accordance with common courtesy and accepted business protocol; if not, your score will be reduced.
The final grade in the course will be based on the following:
Assignment Grade Percent
Class Participation 10%
HBS Case Analysis (Team Assignment) 30%
Final Exam 60%
The course is offered in English within the Summer Business Program a.a. 2019-20 (only for students of the undergraduate programs in “Economia”, “Economia aziendale” and foreign/Erasmus students). A maximum number of students is accepted. In order to be considered, students must apply, following the instructions for the Summer Business Program a.a. 2019-20 published on website https://www.unibg.it/node/388.
Attendance is compulsory, max 25% absence rate is admitted.
Reference person for the Summer Business Program: prof. Mauro Cavallone