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TITLE Organisational Theory

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course



DESCRIPTION Students will be introduced to general theory conceptualization and organization theory, in particular. The unit will examine management practices from different theoretical perspectives including the foundations of organization theory. Amongst others, students will explore rationalist theories of organizational behavior, people-oriented theories of organization, optimistic and community-based approaches, Marx and Weberian influences on organization theory, critical perspectives of organization theory, post-modern approaches, social constructionism and environmentalism and CSR. Finally, students will be exposed to current ideas of 'organization' and the development of Organization theory in view of globalization.

Study-unit Aims:

- To enhance the student's knowledge of the relevance of theory to organizational understanding.
- To offer multiple views and perspectives of looking at organization.
- To contextualize practices within a rational framework.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Define 'theory' and 'theoretical parameters'.
- Describe different theoretical perspectives of organization.
- Compare and contrast the strengths and weakness of different organizational theories.
- Explain the practical implications of understanding organization theory.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Evaluate management interventions and practices through organization theory.
- Realise better why some management interventions are more effective than others.
- Appreciate the complexity of management behaviour within an organizational context.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Crowther, D. & Green, M. (2004). Organizational Theory. CIPD.

Supplementary Readings:

- McAuley, J., Duberley, J., & Johnson, P. (2007). Organization Theory and Perspectives. London: Prentice Hall.
- Morgan, G. (2006). Images of Organization. Thousand Oak: SAGE.

Other material in the form of papers will be made available to students via VLE.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Carmelo Mazza

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