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Jill M Purdy
T MGMT 530
Tacoma Campus

Organization Design

Focuses on the use of organizational design to create successful and sustainable organizations. Addresses organizing work, leveraging knowledge, developing processes, and supporting values to achieve the organization's goals. Examines how managers can achieve alignment of structure, culture, people and processes under conditions of change.

Class description

Organization design refers to the process of matching the form or structure of an organization to its purpose. In this course, we will explore a range of possible configurations and consider the tradeoffs of various designs. Good design improves the probability that the efforts of organization members will result in the organization achieving its purpose. The overarching goal of the course is to build your capabilities as a manager who understands and can effectively influence organization design.

Student learning goals

Understand the elements of organization design and how to identify an organizationís design

Recognize a range of possible configurations and consider the tradeoffs of various designs

Analyze an organizationís design relative to its strategy, goals, resources and capabilities and make recommendations for improving its design

General method of instruction

The class focuses on discussion of readings and case studies to build understanding of organization design and its application to a variety of organizations.

Recommended preparation

Reading, analysis, discussion and writing skills.

Class assignments and grading

Case memos, class contribution and an organization design paper.

Ability to identify key design issues, link them to core concepts, and identify recommendations and solutions to design problems.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jill M Purdy
Date: 06/01/2009