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BAMAN – Fall 2009 ORG 301 – Organizations and Organizing Instructor: Özgecan Koçak Office: FMAN 1179 Phone: (216) 483-9645 Fax: (0216) 483-9699 E-mail: [email protected] Web: SuCourse Office Hours: Fridays 9-12 or by appointment Course Objective: This is a course about organizations – what they are, how they operate, and why they are important. The central purpose of the course is to provide a critical appreciation of mental models for viewing, analyzing, and attempting to manage organizations. Organizations of all sorts are pertinent in our lives not least because they most often provide the settings in which people work. Most of you too are likely to develop your careers in organizations. Moreover, much of organizational analysis and theorizing is geared towards helping managers to run organizations or sub-units within them more effectively. So a considerable amount of the issues to be covered and discussed in this course will have managerial implications and should therefore be of interest to those who intend to pursue management careers. Intended Learning Outcomes: Course-specific skills. By the end of this course, a student should be able to: (a) describe what a theory is; (b) identify basic organizational theories; (c) identify the main contingency elements; (d) identify important actors and institutions in a focal organization’s environment. Discipline-specific skills. By the end of this module, a student should be able to: (e) identify the relevance of management sciences in present day management practice. Individual and key skills. By the end of this module, a student should be able to: (f) develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Course Material: Most of the reading material for this course comes from an edited volume of foundational texts of the field: Michael J. Handel, The Sociology of Organizations (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003). It is available for purchase at the University Bookstore and on reserve at the Information Center. Page 1 of 8
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Another piece of required reading (for week 2) is from Ayşe Buğra’s book Devlet ve İşadamları (İletişim, 1997), available on reserve at IC. A useful supplementary reading in Turkish is Örgüt Kuramları, edited by A. S. Sargut and Ş. Özen (Ankara: İmge, 2007). The Information Center has a wide range of other digital and printed resources that you may find useful for this course, especially in preparing your assignments. List of Cases Case 1 Date: November 10 Case: Teamwork?: Grading: Battle Lessons: What the Generals Don't Know", The New Yorker, January 17, 2005 No Participation in in-class discussion Case 2 Date: November 23, 24 Case: Teamwork?: Grading: Obama’s election campaign Yes (Work with your assigned partner.) Team Case 3 Date: January 4, 5 Case: Teamwork?: Grading: Case on organizational deviance (Pick one from list below.) Yes (Work with your assigned partner.) Team Optional Reading Material: I will list optional reading materials on SuCourse.
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