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Module Code: MAN409
Module Title: Strategic Organisational Design
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: International Business School Suzhou
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module relates organizational theory to corporate strategy and strategic design and explores how both connect. It aims at developing students’ ability to analyze and evaluate the possible ways of an organization to shape, arrange and change itself as a system in the pursuit of its business purpose and goals in a changing environment. The module examines leading-edge theories and practice of aligning strategy and operating context with organization design, business and group processes for corporate performance.
Learning outcomes 
A. Explain why organization design is a strategic management imperative integral to performance in and of organizations

B. Elaborate on the theoretical and practical linkages between organizations and environmental factors, corporate strategy and performance

C. Identify the dynamics that shape organizational form, structure and conduct in contemporary business environments

D. Describe and evaluate critically classic and contemporary theories about organizational effectiveness

E. Diagnose organizational situations and processes in order to appreciate alternative choices and approaches for improving organization performance

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered through a combination of key lectures and seminars delivered in weekly sessions through to week 10 of the semester. In addition, students will be required to work within study groups, which will operate through ICE (the university’s virtual learning environment). During weeks 11 to 14 of the semester, students will focus on completing the assessed coursework with the support and guidance of the module leader.
Concepts of organization, strategy and environment

Modeling the relationships between organizational design, strategy and environment to performance

Choices in organizational design and relationships with firm effectiveness

Organizational structure (its importance and the limits thereto)

Classic and new organizational structure types

Organizing and managing as strategic acts

Theories and practices of group processes in organizations

Organizational inertia and change

Corporate culture, leadership styles and their relation to organization effectiveness

New forms of organizing and strategizing

Innovation in the context of strategic organization

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   40        110  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Group Work 30.00
2 Individual Assignment 70.00

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