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Organization Theory

Introduction

Man's unique ability to cooperate and organize sets us apart from other species. Modern organizations have provided us with groundbreaking technological development, material prosperity, welfare states and education in all sections of the population. At the same time, the shadowy aspects of the organizational society in the form of environmental challenges and ethical dilemmas have also become clearer. New expectations for organizations become particularly clear in light of developments such as globalization and economic liberalization, expressiveness and brand focus, sustainability, digitalisation, and the global pandemic. The purpose of this course is to understand organizations' unique role in society, how they function and how they can meet new challenges that key development trends present to them.

Course content

1. The history of organizational theory

2. The main directions of organizational theory

3. Organizational theory in light of key trends: 

  • Globalization and economic liberalization
  • Expressiveness and brand thinking
  • Sustainability
  • Digitization
  • Global pandemic

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