Fairbanks Campus

Fall Term 2006

August 21, 2006 – November 4, 2006



COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:    MGMT 4313 Structure and Process of Organizations

TIME:          September 9, 23, and 30 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

INSTRUCTOR:        Dr. William Kasperski

Contact information :    Office: 377-4398

Email:          wbuquantprof3@yahoo.com

OFFICE HOURS:       1 hour before class and other times by appt.

Appointments:         Available for appointments at other times

LOCATION:          Eielson AFB Building 2623 Room 104

           Computer lab in the Education Center Building


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A systems approach to the study of organizations, influence of macro and micro environments on organization activity, alternative design process, organizational change and development, and applications of situational/contingency theory of management.


PREREQUISITES: MGMT 3304 or consent of instructor


TEXTBOOK: Organization Theory and Design , Richard L. Daft, 9 th edition.



•  Examine the challenges of organizations and organization theory.

•  Discuss strategies, organization design, and effectiveness.

•  Examine fundamentals of organization structure.

•  Explain the external environment.

•  Discuss the inter-organizational relationships that affect people/organizations.

•  Discuss how manufacturing and service technologies affect organizations.

•  Explain the impact of information technology and knowledge management.

•  Examine the organization size, life cycle, and controls.

•  Learn the importance of organizational culture and ethical values.

•  Examine how to manage innovations and changes.

•  Describe the decision making process

•  Examine the effects of conflict, power, and politics in organizations.

•  Examine the contemporary trends in organizational design.


CLASSROOM ACTIVTIES: Four major methods may be utilized in the class to facilitate the students’ understanding the subject: 1) Lecture to keynote major findings in subject; 2) Readings to further elaborate on subject; 3) Presentations; and 4) Projects.


Attendance: Attendance is required and will be recorded . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. Material will be discussed in class and included in the exams that are not in the book. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. Any student missing more than 25% of the scheduled classes will receive a grade of “F” for the course. Work related absence due to FTX, TDY or other work related reasons are excusable. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor or the Director in advance. Otherwise, the student will receive zero for that assignment. Materials will be discussed in class and included in the exams that are not in the text. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed due to non-attendance.


Requirements: Since active participation by the student is essential to successful learning, you are expected to read, study and come to class ready to discuss assigned materials. Assignments turned in after the beginning of class are considered late. Late work will receive NO CREDIT unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor. All assignments will be typed .


Case Studies: Several case studies will be assigned throughout the term. Each case study will be 1-2 pages in length, typed, double-spaced, with a cover page. Due dates will be given in class. All case studies are to be done individually, unless otherwise specified in class.


Presentation: Each student will make an in-class, powerpoint presentation on chapter material (either 1 or 2 chapters per student) during the second and third weekends. Chapters will be selected on a first come, first serve basis beginning with the first day of the term, August 21. If there is a specific chapter (or chapters) that you wish to present, please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your chapters.


You are REQUIRED to send me an e-mail from your preferred address including your name and MGMT 4313 in the subject line. This is to be done before the 1st class meeting. You should also include your first and second choices for the 2 consecutive chapters you want to present.


Plagiarism Policy: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse and it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.


Disability Policy: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified disable person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.

Course Evaluation


Grading scale: A = 90 - 100%, B = 80 - 89%, C = 70 - 79%, D = 60 - 69%, F = below 60%

    I = For Incomplete, W = For Withdrawal


Grading Weight: Course grade is calculated based on the points earned during the class divided by total possible points. Total point values are:


  Midterm exam and Case Studies   200 points

Final exam         200 points

Presentation/Participation     200 points

Total     600 points






Date        Chapter(s) Covered        Assignment for Next Class


September 9     Chapters 1 - 3         Read Chapters 5 - 8


September 23     Chapters 5 - 8         Read Chapters 9 - 13


September 30     Chapters 9 - 13       




This syllabus is intended to be a guide as to which chapters will be covered during each class session. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus, as deemed necessary.