Organization and organizing is an advanced course in organization theory. Instead of focusing on organization theories per se, it focuses on various forms of organization and modes of organizing and addresses several theoretical perspectives in organization theory through them. Among the topics covered are organizational fads and fashions, partial organization, organizing as process, and organizational control. The course builds on the following premises: organizations are not stable entities in and out of themselves but always in a state of ‘becoming’; organizations come in a much greater variety than the discourses of profit-maximizing listed companies or public bureaucracies makes us believe; organizing is both intervention to ‘tame’ unpredictability and complexity, and collective action to accomplish some purpose; and, organizing is necessarily imbued with values and normativity.
- Teacher: Sofia John