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040599 KU Organization Theory I (MA) (2021S)

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

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at


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

DO 11.03.2021 09.45-11.15 Digital
DO 25.03.2021 09.45-11.15 Digital
DO 15.04.2021 09.45-11.15 Digital
DO 22.04.2021 Mid-Term Digital
DO 29.04.2021 09.45-11.15 Digital
DO 27.05.2021 09.45-11.15 Digital
DO 17.06.2021 09.45-11.15 Digital
DO 24.06.2021 09.45-11.15 Final Exam (in presence in HS 1)

Thursday 11.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 22.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 6 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 29.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is held in a hybrid format. COntent will be provided in the form of videos (screencasts) on Moodle, and synchronous units at the indicated date (depending on the Covid situation presence or virtual) will be used to discuss open questions, and deepen the understanding of the material.

This course gives a broad introduction into theories of organization. It covers both economic and behavioral views of organization. A particular emphasis is placed on the information processing view of information and the interactions between organization structures and the environment. The role of concepts of bounded rationality for the design of organizations, and the role of knowledge and organizational learning are also discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Mid-term exam (25%): two open free-form questions
Term paper (30%)
Final exam (45%): four open free-form questions (closed book)

The form of the final exam depends on whether it can be held in class or online.
In case the final exam can be held in class, it will be a 90 minutes exam of open questions covering the entire course.
If it is held online, it will be separated into two parts:
1) Online quiz (25%) with two open questions covering the parts of the course not covered by the first quiz
2) Take-out assignment (20%): Essay of 3-5 pages on a topic form the entire course, to be completed in 24 hours

Both quizzes and the take-out assignment are open book
All material submitted may be subject to plagiarism check, and individual follow-up questions may be asked to randomly selected students to verify authorship

NOTE (11.05.21): The FINAL EXAM takes place on-site.
To take part you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result (or equivalency; more information about accepted tests to be found here: https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/studying-exams/studying-on-site/ )

Students can apply for a deviating digital examination mode in the following cases (§ 13c of the University of Vienna study law; https://satzung.univie.ac.at/en/study-law/ ):
1. members of groups at increased risk in accordance with the COVID-19 groups at increased risk regulation of the Minister of Health;
2. students who work in healthcare and nursing;
3. students who live together with persons according to sub-paras. 1 and 2 or who care for persons according to sub-para. 1;
4. persons who face restrictions on freedom of travel (regionally/nationally) or are self-isolating (quarantine) on the date of the exam/completion of the partial achievement;
5. students with care obligations who cannot participate on site due to schools or kindergartens being closed, etc.

These students immediately notify the examiners/lecturers of the impossibility of taking a certain exam or completing a partial achievement on site, but no later than seven days before the exam date/date of the completion of the partial achievement.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

After attending this course, students should be able to analyze organizational problems from different perspectives. They should have gained a thorough understanding of organization design variables and their interrelationships, and be able to provide recommendations for solving organizational problems based on a solid theoretical foundation.
Regular attendance is required.

Examination topics

Lectures and classroom discussion, supported by additional teaching material supplied via the e-learning platform

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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