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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Organizational Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


ORGSTUDY 410. Advanced Research Methods in Organizational Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Wayne E Baker (wayneb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. One of the following: STATS 210, 350, 400, or ECON 404 (may be elected concurrently). (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/orgstudy/410/001.nsf

Research methods in organizations, including interviewing, network analysis, organizational survey methods, data collection and analysis, and feedback to clients. Team-based learning combines lecture and field research methods in organizations. Course topics include organizations and social capital, organizational design, use of social network analysis, measuring values in organizations, interviewing and surveys in organizations, analysis planning, data entry, analysis and interpretation, and reporting methods.

Required materials: Course packet, software, textbooks.

Course requirements: Attendance and participation in class meetings; fieldwork with client organization; individual and team assignments.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

ORGSTUDY 495. Special Topics in Organizational Studies.

Section 001 Complex Organizations. Meets with SOC 420.001.

Instructor(s): Jason Owen-Smith

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/soc/420/001.nsf

Complex organizations are enduring formal structures that direct human attention, shape decision-making, channel wealth, and concentrate power while standardizing the procedures that govern action in all spheres of society. Such organizations are ubiquitous parts of contemporary life in economics and business, politics, the law, science, education, entertainment, arts, and leisure. People live most of their lives in complex organizations, and society can be understood in terms of these formal structures and the relationships among them. But what are complex organizations? Where do they come from? How do they work? Why are they so important in contemporary life?

This course is organized around the central themes in sociological and economic research on organizations to provide an analytic framework that will help us grapple with these questions. We begin by examining the sources, arrangements, and functions of complex organizations. Next, we focus on their internal dynamics with an eye toward understanding the relationships between these structures and the people that inhabit them. Finally, we step back to consider the organizations themselves, addressing the ways they grow and change and their interactions with their environments, each other, and the larger institutions of society.

At each stage, the course draws on a mixture of textbook readings, classic and contemporary articles, and empirical case studies. The readings will introduce students to the theories that have shaped sociological research on organizations, while the cases provide empirical context for understanding and discussing those concepts.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

ORGSTUDY 499. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (1-4). (Excl). No more than six credits of independent study credit may count toward an Organizational Studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent Research in the field of Organizational Studies with a designated faculty member.

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