[Business Administration] Organization Design


General information

Course name Organization Design (this winter semester "Organization Behaviour" instead)
Course type Lecture+Tutorial
Course code BWL-OrgaDsgn
Course coordinator Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Wolf
Faculty Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Examination office Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Short summary In this lecture we will discuss structural and processual organization instruments. Furthermore, we will explore the efficiency and effectiveness of these instruments. Finally, we will study organizational concepts currently central to organization and management theory. After having participated in this lecture, students will be able to select organizational designs appropriate to a firm’s strategy. In this lecture, participants will gain methodological competencies (learning strategies, structuring of complex problems). Furthermore, they will improve their self-competencies (self-management, task-related flexibility). This lecture’s goals will be reached via the professor’s inputs, class discussions, and a study of literature.

Information about study level

Study level Master
Also possible for Second year Bachelor

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

Evaluation Exam
Frequency Winter term

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Information about requirements

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Information about course content, reading list and additional information

Course Content
  • Fundamentals of Organizational Design (Institutional vs. Instrumental Organizational Concept; Formal and Infor-mal Organization; Organization, Disposition and Improvisation; Structural vs. Processual Organization; Overall Framework to Model Organizational Design Problems; Analysis (Differentiation) and Synthesis (Integration) as Basic Activities of Organizing; Principles of Task Formation (Types of Centralization); Organizational Action Units; Line Systems)
  • Models of Organizational Structures (Terminological Clarification: What is an Organizational Structure?; Models of Organizational Structures as Specific Combinations of Line Systems and Forms of Centralization; Uni-dimensional Organizational Structures/Single-line Systems; Multi-dimensional Organizational Structures/Multiple-line System; Holding Structure)
  • Dimensions of Organizations and Non-structural Coordination Instruments (Meaning of the Term “Dimension of Organization”; Meaning of the Term “Coordination”; Structural vs. Non-structural Coordination; Interdependences as the Central Concept for the Design of Coordination Mechanisms; Definition and Classification of Dimensions of Organizations and Non-structural Coordination Instruments)
  • Contemporary Organizational Concepts (Lean Management, Business Process Reengineering, Network Organiza-tion, Ambidextrous Organization, Dynamic Capabilities)
Reading list
  • Jones, Gareth R., Organizational Theory, Design, and Change. 7th ed., Englewood Cliffs.  
  • Kieser, Alfred und Peter Walgenbach: Organisation. 6th ed., Stuttgart 2010.
  •   Macharzina, Klaus und Joachim Wolf: Unternehmensführung: Das internationale Managementwissen: Konzepte, Methoden, Praxis. 9th ed., Wiesbaden 2015.  
  • Schreyögg, Georg: Organisation. 5th ed., Wiesbaden 2010.
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