MG475      Half Unit
Organisational Theory (formerly ID435)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Daniel Beunza NAB 4.27


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour). This course is available on the MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management) and MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Also available as an option to students on the MPhil/PhD in Management: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour.

Course content

1. Early debates: Smith, Marx and Weber on bureaucracy 2. Institutional Theory and corporate culture 3. Sensemaking 4. Materiality and the Performativity of Economics 5. Social Movements/ Corporate Social Responsibility 6. Population Ecology 7. Social networks - individual level 8. Social networks inter-organizational level 9. New Markets and product categories 10. Status and Identity in organizational fields


30 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

In-class exercise

Indicative reading

Perrow, Charles. 1986. Complex Organizations, New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 1-48.

Scott, W. Richard. 1998. Organizations: Rational, Natural, and Open Systems, 4th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Project (30%, 3000 words).
Class participation (10%) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication