Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.01.2019 - 12.04.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV spring (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of this course,

a) The student can demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the seminal and latest academic research in organizational design, organizational culture, organizational practices, organizational change, and strategic entrepreneurship.

b) The student can analyze, evaluate, and reflect upon how established companies and start-ups are able to design and implement processes and practices that allow them to adapt to changing environments.

c) The student can analyze, evaluate, and reflect upon the mindset, skills, and capabilities employees and managers need to possess to work and design, respectively, adaptive and creative organizations.

d) The student can reflect upon how she/he personally can act as a designer of organizational practices that foster creativity and change within existing companies or start-ups.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In this course, the focus is on developing knowledge, competences, and practical experience on
how established companies and start-ups can foster adaptability and creativity by reconfiguring their structures, and practices toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities. Drawing on the perspectives of organizational design, organizational culture, organizational practices, organizational change, and strategic entrepreneurship students will learn to apply frameworks and tools needed to: a) analyze the impact of organizational structures, organizational cultures, and practices on organizational adaptability and creativity, b) design organizational structures and cultures that foster and maintain adaptive and creative ways of working, and c) organize and coordinate bottom up initiatives to facilitate change. The course acknowledges that and explores how both employees (bottom-up processes) and managers (top-down processes) are equally involved in this process by employing their agency.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student assessment will be based on two parts:
- Individual assessment: Class contribution and participation
- Group assessment: Group project

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- Contact hours: 24 hours (10x2 hours of teaching sessions; 1x4 hours for coaching on group project)
- Group assessment: 55-60 hours
- Individual assessment: 15-20 hours
- Self-study: 30-35 hours

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

TU-E3110 Work Design in Organizations

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of students is limited due to the case teaching approach and the requirements of the group project. Students have given priority as follows: 1) students of the Master’s Programme in In-dustrial Engineering and Management, 2) students of the Master’s Programme in Information Networks 3) students minoring in Creativity and Venturing and Entrepreneurial Leadership. All other students will be chosen through a separate application process at the end of November and before the course starts. Bachelor students will be considered only if they have completed their bachelor thesis. A limited number of places are available for exchange students. More information on the application process can be found at the website of the course. Please note that it is not sufficient to enroll in Oodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Although a variety of pedagogical methods are used, classroom time will revolve primarily around the evaluation and application of theoretical concepts and frameworks (assigned readings) on the group project and through case studies. As a result, class attendance and participation are advised, but are not mandatory.


Registration and further information