Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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, and strategic entrepreneurship.

b) The student can analyze, evaluate, and reflect on 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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 18.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marina Biniari

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marina Biniari

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In this course, the focus is on developing knowledge, competences, and practical experience on how established and nascent companies can foster their 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, 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Attendance is not compulsory, but it is rewarded as part of the individual assessment. There are two forms of assessment: 

    a) Individual-level assessment based on class contribution through individual essays and class participation (50% of the final grade)

    b) Group-level assessment based on contribution and participation in a group project (50% of the final grade)

    The evaluation criteria of the submitted work (individual essays and deliverable of the group project) for the assessment of this course include four areas: Understanding, depth of knowledge, structure, and overall evaluation. Each criterion is of equal importance and weight in calculating the final grade of each assessment. Each criterion is assessed on a scale from 0(0-49%) to 5(90-100%).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Attendance is not compulsory, but it is rewarded as part of the individual assessment.

    - Contact hours: 23 hours (10x2 hours of teaching sessions; 1x3 hours workshop)
    - Group assessment: 55-60 hours
    - Individual assessment: 15-20 hours
    - Self-study: 30-35 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course draws on the literature on organization design, organizational structures, and organizational culture.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    TU-E3110 Work Design in Organizations

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    TU-E3040 Human Potential AND the completion of the Bachelor Thesis (SCI3025)

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure