Summer Term 2006

May 30, 2006 - August 12, 2006




COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:      Organizational Theory MGMT 5305

TIME:                                                June 14, 15; 21, 22, and 28, 29

INSTRUCTOR:                                Dr. William Kasperski

OFFICE LOCATION:                      Room 307 Family Support Services Building

CONTACT INFORMATION:        Office: 377-4398

EMAIL:                                             wbuquantprof3@yahoo.com

OFFICE HOURS:                             By appointment and 1 hour before class

APPIONTMENTS:                          Available for appointments at other times

CLASS LOCATION:                       Room 104 in the ED. Center aka the computer lab


COURSE DESCRIPTION: An intensive study of complex organizations as social systems and the design dimensions and structure of organizations throughout the 20th Century, the emerging designs for the 21st Century and the application of these concepts to the analyses and structural design of organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of size, complexity, environment, technology, and systems perspectives on the analyses of organization structures.

 PREREQUISTIE: MGMT 3304 or approved substitute, or consent of instructor.


TEXTBOOK: Organization Theory and Design, 8th Edition (2001), Daft, Richard L. South-Western College Publishing, Cincinnati , Ohio 45227 .


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students in the course are typically preparing for careers of leadership in management, education, business and health care. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:


1) Describe an organization as an open system.


2) Summarize the difference between a goal and a strategy.


3) Identify the conditions, which usually are present before an organization should adopt a matrix structure.


4) Identify the forces that influence environmental uncertainty.


5) Differentiate between mimetic forces and normative forces.


6) Outline Woodward's classification of organizational technologies.


7) Define an executive information system.


8) Describe the three bases of authority identified by Weber.


9) Describe the differences among rites of enhancement, renewal, and integration.


10) Define quality circles.


CLASSROOM ACTIVITES: Several different methods may be utilized in the class to facilitate the students’ understanding of the subject including:


A) Lecture to keynote major findings in subject;

B) Exercises and discussion questions to further elaborate on subject,


C) Presentations


D) 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 FRX, 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 a grade of zero for that requirement. 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.


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/quizzes will receive NO CREDIT unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor. All projects will be typed.


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. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F”.


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.


Research Project: Your research project will consist of a paper not less than 8 pages (standard double-spaced with 1 inch margins all around) of TEXT in length (Cover Pages, Tables of Content, figures, pictures, graphs, and bibliographies will not be counted as text) on an organization of your choice, as related to the course material. You must have your organizational topic approved by the instructor no later than June 22. You will not receive a grade on grammar as such. However, clarity can affect understanding. If you work is difficult to understand, the content is questionable. Proper credit for references used will be included, but van consist of any normally accepted form, and will be cited within the paper as well as in a bibliography. There must be at least ten (10) outside references used (the text book does not count as one) with at least 3 non-internet sources. Reports will be consistent with the APA style manual format.






Chapter Presentation: Each student will be required to make a comprehensive presentation of several chapters (either 2 or 3 chapters, depending on the size of the class). These presentations MUST include NEW examples and material (including links to illustrations or articles online). Utilize the internet to include recent events pertaining to your chapters to enhance your presentation. Chapters will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so you MUST contact Dr. D. before the class begins to get the chapters of your choice.




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                100 points

                     Final exam                     100 points

                     Chapter Presentation      100 points

                     Project                          100 points

                     Total                             400 points








Class Meeting Date         Chapter(s) Covered        Assignment for Next Class Meeting


June 14                                Chapters 1 – 2                 Read Chapters 3 – 4


June 15                                Chapters 3 – 4                 Read Chapters 5 – 7


June 21                                Chapters 5 – 7                 Read Chapters 8 – 10


June 22                               Chapters 8 – 10               Read Chapters 11 – 12


June 28                               Chapters 11 – 12             Read Chapters 13


June 29                               Chapter 13



Your exams will be given to you after we have covered the material in class. The due dates for the midterm, final and class project will be no earlier than July 21 st . This will give you sufficient time to complete your work.


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 nexessary.