1802 Strategic Organization Design
Maximilian Weis, MSc.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/25/19 to 09/29/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/14/19 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 10/16/19 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.5.28
Thursday 10/17/19 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM TC.4.18
Monday 10/28/19 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.004
Wednesday 10/30/19 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM D5.1.003
Thursday 10/31/19 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM D5.1.001
Monday 11/04/19 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EA.5.044

Designing organizations to achieve strategic goals is a complex and central issue for managers. This course covers the core dimensions of strategic organization design, i.e. strategy, structure, processes, and people. It addresses central theoretical concepts within each dimension and interlinkages between them based on fundamentals of strategic management and organization theory. Continuous in-class discussions of real world examples and student presentations ensure practical application of the concepts and theories. Issues such as how managers can actively design and modify organizational parameters will be discussed.


Course content:

  • Dimensions of strategic organization design
    • What is strategy?
    • Organization structure and new forms of organizing
    • People in organizations (boards of directors, top executives, middle managers, employees)
    • Processes
  •  Interlinkages between dimensions of strategic organization design
  •  Organizational analysis
  • Discussion of many international company examples
Learning outcomes

Students will learn to analyze and address important strategic and organizational challenges. They will learn different theoretical perspectives and frameworks and how to combine them to understand strategic and organizational interlinkages. The course therefore integrates many issues that students have to handle in their prospective managerial jobs.


After completing this course students will have the ability to:

  • Discuss strategic organization design and the underlying dimensions from a comprehensive perspective
  • Explain basic theoretical concepts and models in strategic management and organization theory
  • Apply theoretical concepts and models to real world company situations
  • Analyze and critically evaluate central strategic decisions and organizational implications
  • Analyze various aspects and challenges of strategy and organization in practice


Apart from that, completing this course will contribute to students' ability to:

  • Improve their oral and written communication and presentation skills (in English)
  • Learn to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Learn to translate their insights to practical problems
  • Work on solutions for real-life case studies
Attendance requirements

≥ 80 % Attendance Requirement

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Lecture with discussions 
  • Team Presentations
  • Final Exam 
  • Exam (50%)
  • Team Presentation (30%)
  • Oral Participation (20%)
Last edited: 2019-05-07