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Diploma in Organizational Theory and Structure

Boost your proficiency in business design and strategy with this free online course, to drive your business to success.

Publisher: NPTEL
Business design and structure, management and administrative skills, theories, case studies, sustainability and survival strategies, etc. These are elements needed to successfully manage business operations and withstand any crises that arise during its evolution. This free online diploma course on organizational theory and structure will provide you with these skills for your organization to be effective and achieve its proposed goals.
Diploma in Organizational Theory and Structure
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    6-10 Hours
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Running an enterprise can be exciting and also inspiring. But when the survival of your enterprise is being threatened and effective management and accountability are all that’s required, then things could begin to get rough and chaotic unless you follow certain guidelines. Do you want to understand how organizational structures and strategies help to sustain business firms? Do you wonder why it is hard to manage members of an organization in such a way as to enable them to pursue organizational goals collectively and adapt to a changing organizational environment? Are you and your team in search of scientifically backed theories and case studies that you can experiment with and then, based on the results from these experiments, make thoughtful decisions that will impact your organization positively in the long run? Take this free online diploma course on Organizational Theory and Structure to acquire all the skills needed to achieve these goals. This course provides intermediate-level insights that are easy to grasp even when you’re just starting as a business person. The course begins with an overview of Organizational Theory, comparing organization theory and behaviour. You will examine the biological metaphor as a popular way of overviewing organizations, and also identify the two types of perspectives under it. These perspectives - the systems perspective and the life-cycle perspective - will be discussed in detail, viewing their stages, importance, and limitations.

Next, you will explore the evolution of organizational theories developing from the 1900s to the 1940s and the 1970s. The historical and social context in which organizations have evolved allowed not only for the development of organizations but also for their spread and growth. Growth of organizations from individuals, families, and small-group productions and regulations to large organizations and structures. Each of the evolution stages resulting in this growth will be evaluated, discussing how they have transformed organizations over time. Subsequently, you will examine organizational effectiveness, which is said to be the degree to which an organization attains its short and long term goals. This study includes a discussion on the different approaches to organizational effectiveness, describing their values, how managers can operationalize them, the key problems they have, and a comparison of all four of the approaches. You will learn about organizational strategy as well and identify various types of strategies, discerning their impacts on organizational structure.

Lastly, some contributions from notable organizational researchers will be considered such as Chandler's structure-follow-strategy thesis, Miles & Snow's four strategic types, and the strategy-structure theory. You will examine the implications of structure from Porter's competitive strategies and Miller's strategy-structure framework. Afterwards, technology will be analyzed, studying its definition, impacts, and how it is measured in an organization. You will analyze some contributions of Woodward and Perrow and the contributions of James Thompson towards technology, examining few influences on the technology-structure relationship. Also, you will study the effect of environmental uncertainty on complexity, formalization, and centralization, and consider some notable contributions from a few environmental researchers like Tom Burns, G. M. Stalker, Eric Twist, Lawrence, Lorsch, etc. Analyzing their research and conclusions from studying various organizations to achieve their goals. Are you ready to start your learnings about the Determinants of Organizational Structure? Don't waste any more time. Start this course now. 


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