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Organizational Analysis

In this introductory, self-paced course, you will learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change. Organizations are groups whose members coordinate their behaviors in order to accomplish a shared goal. They can be found nearly everywhere in today’s society: universities, start-ups, classrooms, hospitals, non-profits, government bureaus, corporations, restaurants, grocery stores, and professional associations are some of many examples of organizations. Organizations are as varied and complex as they are ubiquitous: they differ in size and internal structure; they can entail a multiplicity of goals and tasks (some of which are planned and others unplanned!); they are made up of individuals whose goals and motivations may differ from those of the group; and they must interact with other organizations and deal with environmental constraints in order to be successful. This complexity frequently results in a myriad of problems for organizational participants and the organization’s survival. In this course, we will use organizational theories to systematically analyze how an organization operates and can best be managed. Organizational theories highlight certain features of an organization’s structure and environment, as well as its processes of negotiation, production, and change. Each provides a lens for interpreting novel organizational situations and developing a sense for how individual and group behaviors are organized. Theories are valuable for the analyst and manager because most organizational problems are unique to the circumstances and cannot be solved by simple rules of thumb. Armed with a toolset of organizational theories, you will be able to systematically identify important features of an organization and the events transforming it; choose a theoretical framework most applicable to the observed mode of organizing; and use that theory to determine which actions will best redirect the organization in desired directions. In sum, the course has three goals: to become familiar with a series of real-world organizational phenomena; to learn different theoretical perspectives that can elucidate these phenomena; and to apply these different ways of “seeing” and managing organizations to cases. In such a fashion, the course is designed to actively bridge theory and practice, exposing students to a variety of conceptual tools and ways to negotiate novel situations.

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Rating 4.6 based on 122 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Starts Dec 2 (last week)
Cost $79
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Instructor Daniel A. McFarland
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Business
Tags Social Sciences Business Economics Leadership And Management

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case studies in 7 reviews

The course is excellent, it covers several theories about organizational analysis with various case studies.

Exceptional insights with several case studies.

Good combination of theory as wel as practice through case studies.

Students are also exposed to variety of case studies of US Corporates / Universities / Government which provides an opportunity to learn about US Management Systems.

A fantastic course with significant effort made by Dan & his TA's to provide strong technical content and marry it with clear case studies.

Excellent Course The course is excellent, it covers several theories about organizational analysis with various case studies.

Lots of case studies which I didn't find very relevant but still - nice to have them Excellent course!

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very interesting in 6 reviews

Very Amportent Case and Applications where very interesting.

Quiz GREAT LECTURES & TOPIC Very interesting to take a course from a Stanford Professor.

Very interesting to learn organizational theories.

It is a very interesting topic, and it was challenging.

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recommend this course in 5 reviews

I can definitely recommend this course to any managers out there.

Definitely recommend this course.

I highly recommend this course!

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in organizations.

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highly recommend in 5 reviews

I highly recommend this one...many thanks.

We have only one view here.In spite of these limitations, I highly recommended it.

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organizational analysis in 5 reviews

This is an excellent and challenging course providing a solid background on organizational analysis.

Useful information on Organizational Analysis!

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real life in 4 reviews

It lacks a bit of examples from real life and there should be more tertimonies from third parties, videos, interviews.

A thorough analysis of organizational theories with real life examples helps digest the complex theories.

Very useful, presents range of theories and points of view, combined with real life cases and in-depth explanations.

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Organizational Management Specialist $66k

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Training and Organizational Development $76k

Learning & Organizational Development $81k

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Specialist- Organizational Effectiveness $89k

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Rating 4.6 based on 122 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Starts Dec 2 (last week)
Cost $79
From Stanford University via Coursera
Instructor Daniel A. McFarland
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Business
Tags Social Sciences Business Economics Leadership And Management

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