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Course Overview

This course covers how and why organizations function as they do — the linkages among their environments, strategies and structures — within a framework designed to improve organizational effectiveness. It uses an integrative approach to diagnose and analyze how the successful implementation of organizational strategies is often contingent upon achieving a fit between specific environmental factors and organizational structure and process variables.

Course Objectives

Throughout the course, students will

  • identify the key elements of organizational analysis (e.g., strategy, structure, environmental analysis, culture, and ethics)
  • identify a variety of different models for measuring organizational effectiveness
  • develop their communication skills (written) such that their writing is clear, concise and error-free
  • appreciate and respect the important role that analyzing and managing the external environment has on organizational effectiveness
  • identify barriers to organizational change and how to more effectively manage the change process
  • identify the importance of motivating employees and managing conflict; understand changing employee values in organizations
  • identify the important impact of cross-cultural values both in the Canadian context and internationally

Course Outline

Week 1:  Understanding and Managing our Environment; Measuring Effectiveness
Week 2:  Supporting the Organization (part 1): Structure and Strategy
Week 3:  Supporting the Organization (part 2): Culture and Ethics
Week 4:  Leadership
Week 5:  Values
Week 6:  Motivation
Week 7:  Group Dynamics
Week 8:  Leading Change