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Organizational Design




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Course level: Graduate

This course prepares students to design organizations that adapt to environmental changes through innovation. Students will prepare a plan to incorporate innovation into organizational design to align an organization with a change in strategy. Other topics include the learning organization, authority and control, specialization and coordination, intrapreneurship, and lateral organizations.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Analyze the differences between classical organizational theory and modern organizational theory.
  • Analyze the application of the bureaucratic approach.
  • Determine metrics for organizational effectiveness.

Week 2

  • Define key elements of organizational structure, including structural dimensions.
  • Explain how corporate, business, and bureaucratic structures relate to strategy.
  • Evaluate the existing organizational design.
  • Recommend strategies to reengineer the organizational structure.

Week 3

  • Evaluate the external environment and stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the internal culture and stakeholders.
  • Analyze the political, economic, social, and technological factors that may impact an organization.
  • Recommend improvements to organizational relationships.

Week 4

  • Evaluate organizational size and relationship to structure.
  • Identify stages of the organizational life cycle.
  • Apply the organizational life cycle to industries.
  • Determine strategies to maintain optimal stage.

Week 5

  • Analyze the impact of innovation and technological change on an organization.
  • Determine the appropriate innovation process.
  • Develop strategies to create a culture for innovation.
  • Evaluate innovation in the global market.

Week 6

  • Determine how organizational change will impact internal and external stakeholders.
  • Theorize the impact of behavior and leadership styles on organizational changes.
  • Recommend corrective action needed to make continual improvement.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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