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Organizational Theory & Design. Created for the Second Canadian Edition By. Allan MacKenzie, . Wilfrid . Laurier University. PART 1. Introduction to Organizations. Reproduced with the permission of Air Canada.

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Organizational Theory & Design

Created for the Second Canadian Edition By

Allan MacKenzie,


Laurier UniversitySlide2


Introduction to Organizations

Reproduced with the permission of Air CanadaSlide3

Chapter Snapshot

Current organizational challenges

What is an organization?Dimensions of organizational designEvolution of organizational theory and designContemporary organizational design

Efficient performance vs. the learning organizationFramework for the course

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Organization Theory Today

Current Challenges

GlobalizationEthics and Social Responsibility

Speed of ResponsivenessThe Digital WorkplaceDiversity

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Importance of Organizations

Bring together resources to achieve desired goals and outcomes

Produce goods and services efficiently

Facilitate innovation

Use modern manufacturing and information technologies

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Importance of Organizations


Adapt to and influence a changing environment

Create value for owners, customers, and employeesAccommodate ongoing challenges of diversity, ethics, and the motivation and coordination of employees

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Purpose of the Course



organizational decision-making!Copyright ©2012 Nelson Education Limited


Evolution of Organization

Theory and Design

Historical Perspectives

Contemporary Organization Design

Effective Performance versus the Learning Organization

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An Open System and Its Subsystems

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Five Basic Parts of an Organization

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Discussion Question

Consider the five parts of an organization according to Mintzberg.

If an organization had to give up one of these five parts, which one could it survive the longest without, and why?

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of Organization


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Course Map

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SummaryOrganizations are ubiquitous and affect us every day

Organization theory and design concepts provide descriptive and predictive insightsThe more you understand about organizational realities, the better an organizational actor you will be!Copyright ©2012 Nelson Education Limited