FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Department of Business Administration

BA 435 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Organization Theories
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
BA 435
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives The course aims at providing students with an opportunity of developing their knowledge and analytical skills to explain and understand business organizations and their management from a macro organizational perspective.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • describe organization theories representing different organizational paradigms.
  • compare organization theories with respect to their assumptions, arguments and focuses.
  • discuss the interactions between various organizational dimensions with an analytical perspective.
  • use organization theories in an integrative manner to explain organizational and managerial issues at the national and global level.
  • enhance their critical attitudes towards extant knowledge on, and practices of, organizations in terms of their impacts on individuals, society and natural environment as a whole.
Course Description The course deals with the organization theories that attempt to explain the behaviors of organizations. It discusses structural contingency, resource dependence, transaction and agency cost, population ecology, institutionalism, and organizational network theories. It also discusses interpretativist, critical and postmodern organizational perspectives. It attempts to compare and/or integrate these theories along the dimensions of organizational structure, strategy, technology, culture, and environment.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the Course McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 1
2 Organization Theory: What is it, and why does it matter? McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 2
3 Modernist Organization Theory: Back to the Future McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 3 Discussion
4 Neo-Modernist Organization Theory: Putting People First? McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 4 Discussion
5 Neo-Modernist Organization Theory: Surfing the New Wave? McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 5 Discussion
6 From Classical Beginnings to New-wave Leadership and Management: The Evolution of Management Theory McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 6 Discussion
7 The Dyadic Environment of the Organization: Transaction Cost and Resource Dependence Theories Research Project Assignment: Analyze large Turkish family business groups in terms of which strategies these companies use to manage their dependencies, and compare them to the strategies mentioned on pages 223-227 in your textbook. Scott and Davis (2016) Chapter 9 Discussion Project Presentation
8 Organization of the Environment: Organizational Ecology and Neo-Institutional Theories Research Project Assignment: Analyze shopping malls (AVMs) in Turkey as an organizational field, and explain which institutional and ecological factors influence its emergence and evolution of the field. Scott and Davis (2016) Chapter 10 Discussion Project Presentation
9 Network in and around Organizations Research Project Assignment: Focusing on big family business groups in Turkey, analyze their political networks with government and politicians in general, and outcomes of these networks (gains and losses) for the companies. Scott and Davis (2016) Chapter 11 Discussion Project Presentation
10 Post-Modernist Organization Theory: New Organizational Forms for a new Millennium Research Project Assignment: Considering large Turkish family business groups, discuss to what extent they are Fordist, neo-Fordist or post-Fordist organizations McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 7 Discussion Project Presentation
11 Postmodernism as a Philosophy: The Ultimate Challenge to Organization Theory Research Project Assignment: Choosing a set of texts such as a company’s announcements for an issue, e-mails from the university administration, the syllabuses for the courses you take, analyze (deconstruct) their language in terms of how power unfolds by using discourse analysis. McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 8 Discussion Project Presentation
12 Reflective Organization Theory: Symbols, Meanings, and Interpretations Research Project Assignment: Taking a Turkish company as a case, analyze its symbols (its logo, parking space, architecture, interior design, dressing, meetings etc.) in order to understand its organizational identity. McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 9 Discussion Project Presentation
13 Reflexive Organization Theory: Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis and Feminist Organization Theory Research Project Assignment: Considering the topics of Social Democracy and the Democratic Organization, and examples of Germany and Sweden, analyze the Turkish capitalist system and big corporations in terms of the extent to which they are democratic organizations in a social democratic system. McAuley, et al. (2014) Chapter 10 Discussion Project Presentation
14 Challenges and Perspectives McAuley et al.(2014) Chapter 11
15 Semester Review
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

McAuley, John, Duberley, Joanne, ve Johnson, Phil. 2007. Organization Theory. Challenges and Perspectives. Essex: Pearson              (ISBN: 978-0-273-72443-8)

             W. R. Scott ve G. F. Davis. 2016. Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural and Open Systems. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson                    (ISBN: 978-0-131-95893-7)

Suggested Readings/Materials

Hatch, Mary Jo. 2013. Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jaffe, David. 2010. Organization Theory: Tension and Change. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Luhman, John T., and Cunliffe, Ann L. 2013. Key Concepts in Organization Theory. London: Sage.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
20
Seminar / Workshop
1
20
Oral Exams
-
-
Midterm
1
20
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
15
3
45
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
25
25
Seminar / Workshop
1
12
12
Oral Exam
-
-
0
Midterms
1
20
20
Final Exam
1
30
30
    Total
180

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to solve problems with an analytical and holistic viewpoint in the field of business administration.

X
2

To be able to present the findings and solutions to the business problems in written and oral formats.

X
3

To be able to interpret the application of business and economic concepts, and philosophies at the national and international levels.

X
4

To be able to use innovative and creative approach for real-life business situations.

5

To be able to demonstrate leadership skills in different business situations.

6

To be able to interpret the reflections of new technologies and softwares to business dynamics.   

7

To be able to integrate knowledge gained in the five areas of business administration (marketing, production, management, accounting, and finance) through a strategic perspective.

8

To be able to act in accordance with the scientific and ethical values in studies related to business administration.

X
9

To be able to work efficiently and effectively as a team member.

X
10

To be able to have an ethical perspective and social responsiveness when making and evaluating business decisions.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the area of business administration and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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