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Purpose

 This course focuses on the structure of organizations and the processes by which they function, but the division of the course into structure and processes should not lead you to believe structure and process are independent and discrete social phenomena.

 

I should point out that the purpose of this class is to articulate a theory of organizations that one could apply to any organziation as though it were some hermenutic device. The development of your theory will take place in a site of educational practice, and while it may be the case that the elements of your specific theory could be useful generally in the construal of organizations, your theory is not meant to be generally true.

 

Representation of content

The final project for this course is to articulate a theory to explain the organization that served as the site of your change course. To provide the scaffolding for your theory, we will examine in groups organizations as structures using conceptual elements from Charles Handy and then present what you have learned to the rest of the class.  For power and organizational discourse, you will have the opportunity write about what you have learned, share that writing with all of us, and receive feedback on that writing.  This writing is intended to be informal. More formal will be two papers, one on power and the second on discourse, in which you offer an analysis of your organization.

 

Syllabus

 

Morgan Presentation

 

Power

 

Discourse 

 

Dr. Bruce Law (email me)

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