Organization Theory and Design
Andrea Pontiggia - Ca' Foscari University (email@example.com)
Class time: M/W 10am - 12:30pm
Classroom: 0D at Polo Didattico San Basilio
We spend a large part of our life into several different types of organizations. Some organization theorists state that organizational forms are a collective result of single and personal interactions based on social sense making processes, strongly affected by cultural and cognitive diversities. It seems almost impossible, not feasible to design organizational forms because they emerge naturally as a collective set of shared beliefs. It follows that “company of strangers” is a indefinite product strongly ambiguous, a sort of a cloud of experiences, beliefs, cultural values and personal attitudes. This course explains why organizational forms can or must be designed, how to use organizational rationality to structure activities and processes, how to get the most from our competences and skills following some methods and framework, how is possible to deal with individual and collective intentions and goals. Members of “company” are still strangers their individual efforts and aspirations are connected and exploited by a common design process. The art or the action of conceiving of and producing a plan of drawing is presented considering the experiences and practices from international firms and management practices of new organizational forms.
- A workpackage contains all the readings will be available to to students. Readings are organized by session.
- The articles in the workpackage are the following:
- Henrich J. et al., 2005, “Economic man in cross cultural perspective: Behavior Experiments in 15 small-scale societies, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 795-855.
- Dunbar R.L.M. and Starbuck W.H., 2006, Learning to Design Organizations and Learning from Designign Them Organization Science, VOl.17, n.2, 171-178.
- Scarlon J., H, 2009, How to Build a Culture of Innovation, Business Week , August 19.
- Fomin V and Keil T., 2009, Standardization: Bridging the Gap between Economic and Social Theory, Working paper.
- Conner K.R. and Prahalad C.K., 1996, A resource-base Theory of the Firm: Knowledge Versus Opportunism, Organization Science, vol.7, No.5.
- Davenport T.H. et al., 2002, The Art of Work: Facilitating the Effectiveness of High-End Knowledge Workers, Accenture Institute for Strategic Change, Working Paper.
- Gladwell M., 2008, Late Bloomers, The New Yorker, October 20.
- AA.VV., 2002, Strategy=Structure, A MicKinsey Quarterly Reader, may.
- Bowles S. et al., 2006, Group Competition, Reproductive Leveling, and the Evolution of Human Altruism Science, 314, 1589.
- Pisano G.P. and Teece D.J., 2007, How to Capture Value from Innovation, California Management Review, Vol. 50 No.1.
- Goldstone R.L: and Gureckis T.M., 2009, Collective Behavior, Topics in Cognitive Science, 412-438.
- Girvan M. and Newman M.E.J., 2002, Community Structure in social and biological networks, PNAS, vol.99 No.12.
- Markides C. and Charitou C.D., 2004, Competing with dual business models: A Contingency Approach, Academy of Management Executive, Vol.18, No.3.
- Henrich J., 2006, Cooperation, Punishment, and the Evolution of Human Institutions, Science, Vol.312.
- Guiso et al., 2006, Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes Journal of Economic Perspective, Vol.20 No.2.
- Teece D.J. et al., 1997, Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management, Strategic Management Journal, Vol.18:7, 509-553.
- Raisch et al., 2009, Organizational Ambidexterity: Balancing Exploitation and Exploration for Sustained Performance, Organization Science, Vol.20, No.4, 685-695.
- Crossan M.M. and Berdrow I., 2003, Organizational Learning and Strategic Renewal, Strategic Management Journal, 24, 1087-1105.
- Huber G.P., 1991, Organizational Learning: The Contributing Processes and Literatures, Organization Science, Vol.2, No.1.
- Hagel J. e Brown J.S., 2009, Peer-to-Patent: A System for Increasing Transparency, Business Week, March 18.
- Van de Ven A.H. et al., 1976, Determinants of Coordination Modes within Organizatios, American Sociological Review Vol.41, No.2.
- Kogut B. and U. Zander, 1996, What Firms do? Coordination, Identity and Learning, Organization Science, Vol.7 No.5.
- The following text books offer an overview of main topics:
- Jones G.R., Organization Theory, Design, and Change, Prentice Hall, 2003
- Daft R., Organization Theory and design, South Western College Publishing, 2004
- Pfeffer J., 1997, New directions for organization theory, Oxford University Press, 1997
- Seabright P., 2004, The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life, Princenton University Press.
- Williamson O.E., 1985, The Economic Institutions of Capitalism. Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting, The Free Press, New York.
- Class participation 30%
- Short paper: case analysis 20%
- Final exam 50%
Policies and Procedures
Students must attend all classes. Any absence must be registered at the CFHSS office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Office location, contact information, tutorial time
Professor Pontiggia’s office is at 1st floor of the Business Economics and Management Department, Fondamenta San Giobbe, Cannareggio.