General Theory of Organizations (261296)

Learning Outcomes

It is intended to convey to students the basic concepts and the importance of studying organizational theories. 
Make known the main theories of the 20th century, as well as the most current trends. The students should know how to contextualize the different organizational perspectives and theories and to develop a critical analysis about their implications in the management of modern organizations.

Study Program

1)    Introduction to General Theory of Organizations 
Typologies of Organizations
Purpose of Organizations 
2)    Organizational Theories; historical perspective
The classic organization approach 
The School of Human Relations 
The Neoclassical approach 
The Structuralist approach 
The Systemic approach of Organizations and Sociotechnical model
The Organization Contingency Approach 
The Political Approach of Organizations
Current trends in Organizational Management 



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