Subject Information
Subject Code Subject Name Objective Learning outcome of subject : : : : DOT5018 ORGANISATIONAL THEORY This course will help students obtain a better understanding of the dynamics of organizations. This deepened understanding will in turn prepare them to meet the challenge of the organization world. Upon completion of the subject, students should be able to :    Software Text References : : : NIL Gareth R. Jones ,Organizational Theory, Design and Change, 6th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010 1. W. Warner Burke, Organization Change: Theory and Practice, Sage Publications, Inc, 2010 2. Hatch. J. M, Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern perspectives, Oxford Uni. Press, 2006 Apply organizational theory and differentiate the different perspectives of organizational theory. (Cognitive, Level 3) Explain on how environment affect the organization design and behaviour. (Cognitive, Level 2) Elaborate the theorist of organizational conflict. (Cognitive, Level 1) Identify the organizational change and learning. (Affective, Level 1)

Subject Assessment
Quizzes Assignments Midterm/Test Final Exam : : : : 15% 15% 20% 50%

Lecturer Information
Name Room Office Phone Email : : : : Dawson Ngau Duo Seng Block B, 4th Floor Room No. 4013 06-252 3262

Lecture Lab Tutorial Consultation Hours : : : : 15 hours nil nil 4 hours

Sources that are taken from the Internet. additional notes. In case of personal matters. All announcements. Test marks will be penalized for those who are adamant or failed to comply with the requirement. etc. Midterm Test Students are strictly required to treat midterm test seriously (no chatting and laughing loudly or waiting for friends in the test venue). will be uploaded in MMLS. students must provide MCs or formal letter. students can communicate through emails. In case of any emergency or medical leave. Students are required to check on MMLS on daily basis. Plagiarism Students should avoid plagiarism in the assignments or any other projects/activities given by the lecturer. Students who do not fulfill the required attendance percentage. book or other materials must be cited / included in the reference part of the assignment. will be included in the barring list.DOT5018 Organisational Theory Trimester 2 2013/2014 Policy and Rules Attendance    Do NOT attend lecture after 20 minutes the lesson has commenced. Students should practice an appropriate method of writing email. questions. 2 . Means of Communication Main means of communication is the MMLS.

2. 2. 5. 4. Explain why organizations exist and the purposes they serve Describe the relationship between organizational theory and organizational design and change. List the forces in an organization’s specific and general environment that give rise to opportunities and threats Identify why uncertainty exists in the environment Describe how and why an organization seeks to adapt to and control these forces to reduce uncertainty Understand how resource dependence theory and transaction cost explain why organizations choose different kinds of interorganizational strategies to manage their environments to gain the resources needed to achieve their goals and create value for their stakeholders 3 . 4.) Chapter 2: Stakeholders.DOT5018 Organisational Theory Trimester 2 2013/2014 Week/Date 1 Session/Remarks Lecture 1 & 2 Content Chapter 1: Organisations and Organisational Effectiveness At the end of this topic students should be able to: 21 Oct . 3. activities etc.27 Oct 1. Managers. 3. and distinguish between different levels of management Describe the agency problem that exists in all authority relationships and the mechanisms available to control illegal and unethical behaviors Discuss the vital role played by ethics in leading managers and employees to pursue goals that lead to long-run organizational effectiveness 3 4 Nov – 10 Nov 4 Nov –Deepavali 5 Nov – Awal Muharram Lecture 5 & 6 Chapter 3: Organising in a Changing Global Environment At the end of this topic students should be able to: Release of assignment topic 1. and Ethics At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1. 5.3 Nov Lecture 3 & 4 Confirmation of group members (for assignment. 4. and differentiate between organizational structure and culture Understand how managers can utilize organizational theory to design and change their organizations to increase organizational effectiveness Identify how managers assess and measure organizational effectiveness Appreciate the way contingency factors influence the design of organizations 2 28 Oct . 3. Identify the various stakeholder groups and their claims on an organization Understand the choices and problems inherent in distributing the value an organization creates Appreciate who has authority and responsibility at the top of an organization. 2.

DOT5018 Organisational Theory Trimester 2 2013/2014 4 Lecture 7 Lecture 8 Continuation of Chapter 3: Organising in a Changing Global Environment Chapter 4: Basic Challenges of Organizational Design At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1. Differentiate between values and norms and understand the way culture is shared by an organization’s members Describe how individuals learn culture both formally and informally Identify the four building blocks or foundations of an organization’s culture Understand how an organization’s culture. 3.1 Dec 4 . 5. 2. 4. 4. like its structure. 4. Identify the ways managers can use functional-level strategy to develop core competences that allow an organization to create value and gives it a competitive advantage Explain how the way managers combine their organization’s distinctive competences can create a successful business-level strategy that allows them to compete for scarce resources Differentiate among the corporate-level strategies companies can use to enter new domains where they can continue to grow and create value Appreciate the importance of linking strategy to structure and culture at each level to increase the ability to create value Understand how global expansion strategies allow an organization to seek new opportunities to exploit its core competences to create value for stakeholders 25 Nov .24 Nov 6 Lecture 11 Lecture 12 Continuation of Chapter 7: Creating and Managing Organizational Culture Chapter 8: Organizational Design and Strategy in a Changing Global Environment At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1.17 Nov Quiz 1 5 Lecture 9 Lecture 10 Continuation of Chapter 4 – Basic Challenges of Organizational Design Chapter 7: Creating and Managing Organizational Culture At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1. 2. 5. 2. 3. can be designed or managed Discuss an important outcome of an organization’s culture: corporate social responsibility 18 Nov . Describe the four basic organizational design challenges confronting managers and consultants Discuss the way in which these challenges must be addressed simultaneously if a high-performing organizational structure is to be created Distinguish among the design choices that underlie the creation of either a mechanistic or an organic structure Recognize how to use contingency theory to design a structure that fits an organization’s environment 11 Nov . 3.

5. 3. 2. Growth. Identify what technology is and how it relates to organizational effectiveness Differentiate between three different kinds of technology that create different competences Understand how each type of technology needs to be matched to a certain kind of organizational structure if an organization is to be effective Understand how technology affects organizational culture Appreciate how advances in technology.DOT5018 Organisational Theory Trimester 2 2013/2014 7 Lecture 13 Continuation of Chapter 8: Organizational Design and Strategy in a Changing Global Environment Chapter 9: Organizational Design. 2. are helping to increase organizational effectiveness Chapter 9: Organizational Design. an organizational effectiveness Distinguish among the major forms or types of evolutionary and revolutionary change organizations must manage Recognize the problems inherent in managing change and the obstacles that must be overcome Describe the change process and understand the techniques that can be used to help an organization achieve its desired future state 9 Lecture 17 & 18 Chapter 11: Organizational Transformations: Birth. identify the stages of decline. Competences. and 2 Dec – 8 Dec Lecture 14 8 Lecture 15 Continuation of Technology 9 Dec – 15 Dec Lecture 16 Midterm test Chapter 10: Types and Forms of Organizational Change At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1. and new techniques for managing technology. and how an organization must change if it is to survive and prosper Discuss why organizational decline occurs. 2. and Death At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1. 4. 3. and Technology At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1. 4. Understand the relationship among organizational change. and how managers can change their organizations to prevent failure and eventual death or dissolution 16 Dec – 22 Dec 5 . Appreciate the problems involved in surviving the perils of organizational birth and what founders can do to help their new organizations to survive Describe the typical problems that arise as an organization grows and matures. Competences. redesign. Decline. 3.

Learning. Describe how innovation and technological change affect each other Discuss the relationship among innovation. and Information Technology At the end of this topic students should be able to: 23 Dec . and to bring about the type of changing that promotes performance Quiz 3 13 13 Jan .5 Jan 1 Jan – New Year Lecture 21 & 22 Chapter 13: Innovation. 4. that reduce the level of organizational learning and result in poor decision making Discuss some techniques that managers can use to overcome these cognitive biases and thus open the organization up to new learning 11 30 Dec .29 Dec 25 Dec . 2. 4. 5. and Creativity At the end of this topic students should be able to: 1.2 Feb 31 Jan & 1 Feb Chinese New Year Revision Study Week 6 . and creativity Understand the many steps involved in creating an organizational setting that fosters innovation and creativity Identify the ways in which information technology can be used to foster creativity and speed innovation and new product development 12 Lecture 23 & 24 Chapter 14: Managing Conflict. 2.DOT5018 Organisational Theory Trimester 2 2013/2014 10 Lecture 19 & 20 Quiz 2 Chapter 12: Decision Making. Intrapreneurship. 3. Power. and Politics At the end of this topic students should be able to: 6 Jan – 12 Jan Submission of assignment 1.26 Jan 15 27 Jan . and the way it arises between stakeholders and subunits Identify the mechanisms by which managers and stakeholders can obtain power and use that power to influence decision making and resolve conflict in their favor Explain how and why individuals and subunits engage in organizational politics to enhance their control over decision making and obtain the power that allows them to influence the change process in their favor Appreciate the importance of managing an organization’s power structure to overcome organizational inertia. 3. Differentiate between several models of decision making that describe how managers make decisions Describe the nature of organizational learning and the different levels at which learning occurs Explain how organizations can use knowledge management and information technology to promote organizational learning to improve the quality of their decision making Identify the factors. 4. 3. Describe the nature of organizational conflict. such as the operation of cognitive biases.19 Jan 14 Jan – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday 14 20 Jan . 2. its sources. intrapreneurship. Knowledge Management.Christmas 1.

9 Feb 17 10 Feb – 16 Feb 18 17 Feb – 23 Feb Exam Week Other information 1. Since it is lawfully wrong to edit and publish the original slides. which are not included in the original slides. 4. 7 . 3.DOT5018 Organisational Theory Trimester 2 2013/2014 16 3 Feb . therefore. ‘Edited’ refers to additional information. Any changes on lessons or dates will be communicated via MMLS. students can only view the edited slides during lectures. pictures. Chapters 5 and 6 that are uploaded in MMLS will not be covered in the lectures. Quizzes may be conducted in the following forms:      2. exampl es. Students are required to take note on these matters during lessons as the modified slides will not be uploaded or given to students. test and exams since most of the contents are redundant with other topics as well as previous subjects. Take-home During lesson Group-based Pop-quiz (sudden or without prior announcement) Case studies All chapters that are uploaded in MMLS are the original slides from the publisher (without any amendments or modifications). The confirmed date and other relevant particulars for midterm test will be announced in MMLS subsequently. videos. Students may read these chapters for their references purpose or as an additional reading. 5. diagrams or etc.