Introduction to the sociological study of organizations including what organizations are, where they come from, and how they relate to individuals, other organizations, and other institutions of society.
From NASA to Ninkasi: The Sociology of Organizations. All spheres of life are shaped by organizations. Where you work, study, play, what products you consume, and how you are governed all are based on the activities of organizations. In this class we will take a sociological perspective on a variety of different organizations, including large corporations as well as small ones like Ninkasi Brewing, government entities like NASA, and non-profit organizations like the Gates Foundation. We will study how society shapes the organizations within it, and in turn how these organizations affect people's lives.
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