Universität Wien FIND

040034 KU Strategic Innovation (MA) (2022W)

Novel Forms of Organising

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Since this is a Major course, you need to have completed the Minor first.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 04.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 04.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 12.10. 11:30 - 16:30 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 13.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 13.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 20.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 20.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 25.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 25.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 7 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
PC-Seminarraum 2 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Untergeschoß
PC-Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Untergeschoß
Monday 07.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Monday 07.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Wikipedia has outcompeted the Encyclopedia Britannica. Companies such as the Valve or Zappos do away with their traditional structure and successfully compete in fierce markets. Over the past decade, novel forms of organizing (NFOs) have disrupted traditional businesses and continue to challenge managers’ views on the viability of their strategies and the ways of re-structuring their own companies to cater to the demands of the millennial workforce. This class – blending insights from a decade’s research program with rich case-based illustrations – helps you master the following questions: what are novel forms of organizing at all? Why and how do they matter to strategists? Which type of employee wants to work inside an NFO and why? When and why should managers want to design one? What works (well)? Is flatter always better? How should I customize a flat structure to suit my company? What does it take to work team-based? And what really stands behind agility, DAOs, Holacracy, Scrum, WOC?
The goal is for students to develop a research-based understanding of why and how (novel) forms of organizing matter in strategy; understand their competitive implications, their inner workings, and their constraints in meeting corporate goals.

Please note that this course is planned as an in-person, offline course.

Assessment and permitted materials

There will be three components to your grade – your class participation, your individual final paper, and your group project.
Class attendance is mandatory (you need to attend the whole first day, if you need to miss part of one of the other sessions, you are allowed to miss up to 20%). Note that while activity in class is necessary to obtain a good grade, it is the quality of your contributions that will eventually determine whether you excel in this course or not. Your final individual paper will be a 24 hour take-home exam to be handed out at the end of the last session and to be returned the day after. Please do block time in advance.
Also, once the classes are over, you will be able to start working on your group project, for which you will have a total of two weeks to complete. More details will be provided during the first session.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Your final grade will be determined based on three components:
- Class participation (max 30 points)
- Group project (max 30 points)
- Exam (individual) paper (max 40 points)
You need to achieve a total of at least 50 points in order to pass the class.

Please note that TURNITIN will be used in order to test all written coursework (e.g. seminar papers) for possible plagiarism.

Examination topics

Lectures, cases, reading materials, class discussions and assignments;
Language: The course is held in English

Reading list

Essential reading: Puranam, P., Alexy, O., & Reitzig, M. (2014). What's “new” about new forms of organizing?. Academy of Management Review, 39(2), 162-180.
Please note this class comprises additional compulsory literature consisting of a number of case studies at a cost of approximately 15 EUR. Information on these will be sent to you before the course starts.
Additional reading – academic and non-academic – will be made available on Moodle

For further information, please refer to: https://strategy.univie.ac.at/

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