SOC 110 ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTIONSme:Professor Linus HuangContinuing Lectureroffice hours:on Zoom, Tuesdays, 1-3 PM (sign up on bCal)e-mail:[email protected]final exam:online, Wed., Dec. 16th2020 7-10 PM Pacificgraduate student readers:Andy Chang, Matthew Stimpson
How things will work this semesterSessions will be on Zoom at the same URL on the MWF 1:00-1:59 PM schedule.We will observe the “Berkeley time” convention and start 10 minutes after the hour.I encourage participation, either by using Zoom’s “Raise Hand” feature, or through chat.
Resources onlineAll sessions will be recorded and posted to bCourses after class.You must access the folder through a berkeley.edu account or you will run into authentication problems.Office hours will be held on Zoom, again at the same URL.Our 40 meetings will be organized into about 15 topics. Lecture slides that accompany the topics will be made available on bCourses prior to the first meeting covering that topic.
ExamsThe two midterms exam will both be take-home exams. They will be both distributed and submitted through bCourses.The final exam will be a timed exam, to be taken at home, given during the University’s official timeslot for the course: Wednesday, December 16, 7-10 PM Pacific Standard Time. It will be given in the form of a bCourses (Canvas) quiz.
Basic definitionsWhat is an organizationWhat is an institution??
Organizations and InstitutionsInstitutionsOrganizations
InstitutionsOrganizations and InstitutionsMarriageSexismLegal ContractsDollar BIllsThe WeekendAttending CollegeAcademic Tenure The PresidencyHandshakesInsuranceVotingNew Startup FirmsArmiesSororitiesCorporations MotelsThe Sierra Club
A closer look at modern organizationsWeber: we can understand the history of human relations in terms of different types of authority(authority = legitimate domination).Three ideal typesof authority:•charismatic•traditional•rational-legalThe modern, bureaucratic, organization is the embodiment of rational-legal authority.Max Weber1864-1920
Whybureaucracy?Charles Perrow (1986), “Why Bureaucracy?” from Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay (3rded.)reliance on expertisePositions are held by persons with the skill and expertise necessary to perform the functions associated with the position.