KENYATTA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF OPEN DISTANCE & e-LEARNING IN COLLABORATION WITH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION CBA 300: ORGANIZATION THEORY Written by: Joseph Opondo Mamba Lecturer in Business Administration
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KENYATTA UNIVERSITYINSTITUTE OF OPEN DISTANCE & e-LEARNINGIN COLLABORATION WITHSCHOOL OF BUSINESSDEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONBBA 300: ORGANIZATION THEORYWritten by:Joseph Opondo MambaLecturer in Business Administration
INTRODUCTION TO COURSE Organization theory is one of the cover units taught by the university’s business administration department. Until recently, it was taught in most as one of the functions of management covering both the process of building the structure of organizations and the study of human behavior in the work place. The two components have long been separated and they are now taught as separate courses. The concepts, theories and principles covered under organization theory, are considered to be important because they provide the basis for the coordination and control of the organizations work activities. For organizations to function well there must be order. The activities that form the daily duties of each employee must be well defined. This helps in arranging the departments, sections and in some cases units of a firm in an orderly way to avoid interfunctional conflicts and the turnover of workers. Organization theory has undergone along process of evolution including the evaluation of the bureaucratic theories, the administrative theories, the scientific management theories, the human relations theories and finally, the modern or systems theories.