Organizational Design
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Organizational Design

University course as being teached at Swedish universities that will cover the scope of Organizational Design.
4.3 (99 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Robert Barcik
Last updated 9/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Analyze design of organizations around them.
  • Solve basic challenges regarding authority and control in organizations.
  • Recognise various organizational structures.
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  • We recommend watching our Introduction to Organizations course.

One of the most basic building blocks of organizational success is appropriate organizational design. What do we mean by that? It is the design of authority and responsibility. One should always know who is his/her manager and who are the subordinates. But is it that easy?

In the first part of the course, we will talk about basic challenges in organizational design, which are mostly about finding the right balance. Hence, we will try to belance centralization vs decentralization, mechanistic vs organic structure, and standardization vs mutual adjustment. This approach states that all of the previously mentioned balance choices should be tailored to the sources of uncertainty that our organization is facing.

In the second part of the course we will lay focus on the design of authority in organizations. We will talk especially about tall hierarchies - which are the ones with many organizational levels. These can have serious problems as will be displayed in Parkinson´s Law Problem.

Finally, we will get to concrete organizational structures that our organization can understake. We will begin with the most basic functional structure which later on evolves to one of divisional structures. We will cover the main ones here as each posseses specific characteristics. After all, we will bring some interesting ones such as network, hybrid or network structure. Looking forward to see you inside!

Who is the target audience?
  • Business students.
  • Managers seeking enlarging their scope of expertise.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Basic Challenges in Organizational Design
8 Lectures 01:02:06

Vertical and Horizontal Differentiation

Differentiation, Integration and Subunit Orientation

Centralization and Decentralization of Authority in Organizations

Standardization and Mutual Adjustment in Decision Making

Mechanistic and Organic Structure

Contingency Approach to Organizational Design

Section 1 Quiz
7 questions
Authority and Control in Organizations
5 Lectures 34:18
Introduction to Authority and Control

Problems With Tall Hierarchies

Parkinson´s Law Problem

Span of Control

Bureaucracy In Organisations

Section 2 Quiz
6 questions
Organizational Structures
11 Lectures 50:20
Functional Organizational Structure

From Functional to Divisional Organizational Structure

Overview of Divisional Organizational Structures

Product Division Organizational Structure

Multidivisional Organizational Structure

Product Team Organizational Structure

Geographic Organizational Structure

Market Organizatonal Structure

Matrix Organizational Structure

Hybrid Organizational Structure

Network Organizational Structure

Section 3 Quiz
9 questions
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About the Instructor
Robert Barcik
4.5 Average rating
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10,893 Students
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Robert Barcik is a co-founder of MeanThat, the educational platform that helped more than quarter million students to learn efficiently. In 2014 he got inspired by KhanAcademy and created his first own videos and after placing them on YouTube he reached a global audience in a heartbeat, all eager to learn! Several universities and as well MBA students from all over the world started to use the videos for their lecturing.

With this, he jumped the educational train and in the upcoming months became a university lecturer and developer of Flipped Teaching with a focus on Marketing, Organisational Theory and Business. Along with that, Robert is a Business graduate and Data Analysis student at Swedish Dalarna University. Here, he cooperates with the educational institutes to promote an innovative ways of teaching.