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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 30/03/2015
GEST0005-4  Introduction to the theory of organizations, Theoretical analysis

Duration :  20h Th, 20h Pr
Number of credits :  
Bachelor in Political Sciences, 2nd year3
Bachelor in Human and Social Sciences, 2nd year3
Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology, 3rd year3
Bachelier en sciences humaines et sociales3
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Management of Human Resources3
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Population and Development3
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Labour Sciences3
Lecturer :  Jocelyne Robert
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Course contents :  
Each people work or will work in one organization. Some will be consultant and will analyze the organization and will organize changes, other, in human resource, will organize the the work of workers in the compagny.
To understand the organization is essential to work. To understand our work and the work of the colleagues is one necessity. Each theory defines questions and allows one better understanding of the organizations and one better analysis.
This course aims at giving students analysis tools for a better comprehension of how an organization runs and sometimes runs across problems ...
It will help students better integrate in an organization and make them more efficient.
The presentation of concepts of rationality, culture, socialisation, power, bureaucraty, strategy, system allows the analyse of different situations.
The analysis of the organisations presents key structural variables: work division and coordination , "inter-unit liaison mechanisms", "authority systems and formal communication flows", "power systems and informal communication flows", " kind of environment", etc. to define configurations..
The new theories of organizations are presented too.
Contenus: To understand and to apply different theories: elements of the organisation - Classical approach - Rationality-irrationality - Formal - informal - Organisation and bureaucraty - Organisation and culture - Organisation and système - Organisation and strategy - Identity and work - The contingency-The configurations - Other theories- Organisation and changes
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Objectives:The learning outputs of the course are: - To Understand the concepts to analyse organizations - To Compare, to analyse different theories - To apply different concepts and different theories at the situations of the enterprise - To apply steps of research: questions, hypothesis, context, research information - To be situated in organizational and institutional context and purpose solutions for the different situations-analyze scientific atricles-To compare his opinions and the opinion of the others-To explain critical aspects ans critical judgment. - To work in small groups -
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Planned learning activities and learning events are face- to -face presentations, interactives methods, participative, collaborative and production methods:
Research of information in writing suport to acquire knowledge and to explore
Presentation face -to -face to explain writing suport
Examples,case studies to present knowledge and to understand and analyse
Exercises in small groups to anlyse cases, videos
Debates about some concepts (limited rationality, informel aspects, culture) with meta reflexive approach critical aspects
Analysis of one organization, interviewworking paper or other for problem solving, team working, production auto-analysis the maner of organize the work in the group.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Presentations of concepts and theories in amphi Exemples, case studies, conferences in small groups Distance follow up for the work of research of informations in the compagny
Recommended or required readings :  
Power point on lola hec ulg ac be
To know more:
J.Robert, Organisations et changements en entreprise., Editions de l'Université de Liège, 2007.
Stephen Robbins ans Mary Coulter, Management, 8° ed., International Edition, Pearson, 2005.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Continue assessment

Assessment of knowledge (80%)
Working report (interview in compagny or lecture of scientific article. Analysis and comparaison with the course) two parts: Group report and individual report(15%). This part is more important for the students in political science: 40% and for the student of 1 year.
Auto-assessment report about individual learning (knowledge, knowhow, being) and team work (5%)
Assessment criteria
- To know concepts and theories
- To analyse a case
- Reasearch information
- Analyse information
- Group working and writing report
Individual and group evaluation
The students of 3°bac in sociology follow the course in the same time that the other students.The assessment is the evaluation of one report. This report presents three parts: the analysis of one thema of management, the méthodology of the analysis,and the most important learning for the student in the course. One oral presentation of the report is organized during the session.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
see website lola
Contacts :

Items online :  
Introduction aux théories des organisations
Les transparents sont sur le site d'HEC-Ecole de gestion de l'Université de Liège


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