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Organization Theory


Why do (large) organizations behave as they do? The question is simple but thought provoking. The course is aimed at giving students the possibility to discuss alternative answers to this question. It will help students to increase their abilities to understand complex organized behavior. It offers a series of different theoretical lenses useful for explaining organizations from mulitiple perspectives.


We will approach the different perspectives on organizations through reading papers published by the most dinstinguished organization scholars. By discussing and comparing underlying assumptions and theoretical positions of texts of economic theories of the firm, functional (modern) organization theories, interpretive and social constructionist as well as structuralist perspectives we develop a deeper understanding of different schools of thought. Students will read the texts before class, wright thought-papers to selected texts and share their thoughts with colleagues in class discussions. Grading is based on in-class participation, thought papers and a final exam.