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Course SummaryBusiness 323: Organizational Theory has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging business topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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|Lesson 1 - Organizational Theory - Assignment 1|
The objective of this course is to teach you the fundamental concepts of organizational theory such as organizational power, structures, conflict, decision making, communication, and performance.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
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- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
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- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
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- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Distinguish between the classical management theory of thought and the neoclassical theory as well as identify some of the key theorists and theories associated with each movement.
- Appraise modern organizational theory including the quantitative approach, systems approach, contingency approach, systems approach, resource dependency approach, transaction cost theory, sociotechnical systems, organizational ecology, goal setting and organizational development approach.
- Classify and compare the different types of organizational structures and explain the reasons behind the variations in the different types of structures.
- Analyze organizational communication and discriminate the intricacies of internal communication as well as external communication.
- Contrast the different sources of power in an organization and identify strategies for gaining and exercising power.
- Evaluate different organizational decision-making theories and appraise the issue of groupthink in decision making.
- Summarize the organizational change process analyze change theory and compare models evaluating organizational effectiveness.
There are no prerequisites for this course. But most students prefer to complete Business 101: Principles of Management before taking this course.
Business 323 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit. Use the study tools in the course to prepare for your final exam.
The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
This course has been evaluated and transfer credit-recommended by ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To earn credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with your registrar to see if your school is one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that accept credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Business 323: Organizational Theory by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the credit-granting Business 323: Organizational Theory exam on our site.
- Transfer credit for Business 323: Organizational Theory to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Introduction to Organizational Theory||Define the components of an organization and classify different types of organizations. Describe the impact of the environment on the organization as well the organization's impact upon society and the community. Compare the differences between organizational design and structure. Describe the organizational life cycle and the concept of organizational change.|
|History of Organizational Theory & Master Theorists||Distinguish between the classical management theory of thought and the neoclassical theory. Identify some of the key theorists and theories associated with each movement.|
|Types of Organizational Structures||Compare and contrast the different types of organizational structures. Explain the reasons behind the variations in the different types of structures.|
|Power in Organizations||Compare and contrast the different sources of power in an organization. Discuss strategies for gaining and exercising power.|
|Managing Conflict in Organizations||Recognize conflict in the workplace and analyze the sources of conflicts in organizations. Compare and contrast functional and dysfunctional conflicts. Identify the techniques to resolve conflicts as well as the importance of third-party interventions to resolve conflicts. Explain the basics of the negotiation process.|
|Understanding Leadership in Organizations||Analyze the different organizational leadership theories, analyze leadership effectiveness, discuss the importance of succession planning and explain the tendency for oligarchy formation in organizations.|
|Organizational Decision Making||Compare and contrast different organizational decision making theories. Appraise the issue of groupthink in decision making.|
|Types of Organizational Communication||Explain the different types of communication channels in an organization, discuss the intricacies of internal communication, including upward, downward, horizontal and external communication. Discuss how perception and cultural perception impacts communication. Evaluate common barriers to communication in an organization.|
|Managing Organizational Environments||Describe the modern theories and approaches to management, including the quantitative approach, systems approach, contingency theory, resource dependency theory, transaction cost paradigm, organizational ecology, goal setting and organizational development approach.|
|Organizational Performance & Recognizing the Need for Change||Describe the organizational change process and identify factors that cause change. Examine models of change management and compare models evaluating organizational effectiveness.|
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