ORGSTUDY 215 - Organization and Society
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A society is much more than the sum of its people. Explicit and tacit rules for coordinating action, lasting social organizations that emerge from collective activity, and formal organizations designed to accomplish social or economic goals shape the world we live in. Human action can sometimes alter these larger features of the social world, but more often the organizational context of society trumps individual effort. This class is designed to introduce you to a distinctively organizational approach to understanding human action and outcomes. In addition to developing facility with basic ideas and conceptual tools drawn from sociology and organizational theory, you will learn to apply an organizational mindset to the analysis of particular fields of endeavor. This course is organized into two modules. Module 1 introduces you to the idea that any human endeavor can be understood in terms of its organizing principles, social organization, and formal organizations. This segment of the class highlights key forms of human organization; markets, hierarchies, networks, and institutions and emphasizes the ways in which these different arrangements convey power, influence, and authority to the people who occupy them. Module 2 makes those abstract ideas concrete by applying them to analyses of different arenas of human activity. Each week we will examine and discuss a different field. Our goal will be to identify examples of organizing, organization, and organizations discussed in the first segment of the class.

Crs Requirements: Attendance and participation; lecture attendance and in-class exercises; one in-class examination using a mix of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions; and one group project to evaluate the student's ability to conduct secondary source research and apply course concepts. Students will identify important organizing principles, social and formal organizations within a general area of social life. The final assignment will take the form of a short, 7-10 page paper with an annotated bibliography of sources and a set of at least three ‘exhibits,’ specific examples that illustrate key actors, organizations, principles, or arrangements in the students' chosen fields.

Class Format: 3 hrs weekly in lectures plus 1 hpw discussion section.

Intended Audience: Lower-division undergraduate students concentrating or interested in sociology or organizational studies

The course will provide a conceptual and substantive introduction to organizational sociology, a major disciplinary subfield that is also a wellspring for the interdisciplinary field of Organizational Studies. It will serve sociology students whose substantive focus within the concentration is Economy, Business, and Society while offering an introduction to a key component of organizational studies for students who are not concentrators. In the former capacity this class offers a bridge between general 100-level sociology courses and more advanced economic sociology and organizations classes. It also offers students who are not concentrators in Organizational Studies (a program that admits students on a competitive basis) an opportunity to take a class crosslisted with the program.

ORGSTUDY 215 - Organization and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Harvard Business School Case Study # 9-701-037 Yoffie, David (2001) "Gucci Group N.V. (A)"
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