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Organizational Analysis

Stanford University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Business Intelligence
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 11 weeks long

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In this introductory, self-paced course, you will learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change.

Organizations are groups whose members coordinate their behaviors in order to accomplish a shared goal. They can be found nearly everywhere in today’s society: universities, start-ups, classrooms, hospitals, non-profits, government bureaus, corporations, restaurants, grocery stores, and professional associations are some of many examples of organizations.

Organizations are as varied and complex as they are ubiquitous: they differ in size and internal structure; they can entail a multiplicity of goals and tasks (some of which are planned and others unplanned!); they are made up of individuals whose goals and motivations may differ from those of the group; and they must interact with other organizations and deal with environmental constraints in order to be successful. This complexity frequently results in a myriad of problems for organizational participants and the organization’s survival.

In this course, we will use organizational theories to systematically analyze how an organization operates and can best be managed. Organizational theories highlight certain features of an organization’s structure and environment, as well as its processes of negotiation, production, and change. Each provides a lens for interpreting novel organizational situations and developing a sense for how individual and group behaviors are organized. Theories are valuable for the analyst and manager because most organizational problems are unique to the circumstances and cannot be solved by simple rules of thumb. Armed with a toolset of organizational theories, you will be able to systematically identify important features of an organization and the events transforming it; choose a theoretical framework most applicable to the observed mode of organizing; and use that theory to determine which actions will best redirect the organization in desired directions.

In sum, the course has three goals: to become familiar with a series of real-world organizational phenomena; to learn different theoretical perspectives that can elucidate these phenomena; and to apply these different ways of “seeing” and managing organizations to cases. In such a fashion, the course is designed to actively bridge theory and practice, exposing students to a variety of conceptual tools and ways to negotiate novel situations.

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Daniel A. McFarland

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4.3 Based on 9 reviews

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Anonymous
2.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course, though full of useful information is very disorganized in comparison to other Coursera experiences.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was my first MOOC, but I thought it was worth my time. The professor really had put alot of effort into the preparation of this course and I liked his style of teaching.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
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The course is excellent, it covers several theories about organizational analysis with various case studies. The most interesting thing for me is the constant concern to make it practical by identifying when a theory is more applicable and what course of action a manager should take in each case. At the end, the student has a series of tools that can be used in whole or in part, depending on the case in question.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I only really got this course after the 10 weeks.

Its 10 different theories of the organization.

Curious that the Coursera certificate does not have the Coursera logo. Is Stanford pulling out of Coursera in favor of Stanford OpenEdx ?

It took almost two months after completion to get the certificate

All test questions are taken from the embedded questions so its an easy 100%
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great MOOC,

It was my first one, up to date and very well Material. The professor really delivered amazing videos and I liked his style clear and good teaching.
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Richard R
4.0 4 years ago
Richard completed this course.
Engaging, information was clearly delivered and well presented. this course has given me an appetite for more. I highly recommend this one...many thanks.
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Mucahit G
5.0 4 years ago
by Mucahit completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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Rohini R
5.0 2 years ago
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