0561 Organization Theory
Univ.Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Delmestri
Contact details
  • Type
  • Weekly hours
  • Language of instruction
10/14/21 to 10/21/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
This class is only offered in winter semesters.
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 11/02/21 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.11
Tuesday 11/09/21 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.11
Tuesday 11/16/21 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM EA.5.030
Tuesday 11/30/21 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.09
Tuesday 12/14/21 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 01/20/22 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.3.10


In this course, we will introduce, apply, and debate a number of organization theories that are considered central in both understanding organizational phenomena and deriving managerial implications related to the design of organizations.

Learning outcomes

The fundamental learning objective is to allow students to evaluate the same organizational phenomena from multiple theoretical perspectives. Each of the theoretical approaches discussed in this course focuses on different aspects, aims at explaining different processes and mechanisms, and derives different implications.

Students will be in a position to choose the theoretical perspective most appropriate for evaluating the situation at hand, and to derive appropriate alternatives for (managerial) action.

Attendance requirements

Continuous assessment courses (PI) are high-interactive courses.

For a positive completion of the course an 80% presence is required.

Should there be an important reason for an absence in the course, then a maximum of 20% of the entire course duration can be missed. For cumulative absences of more than 20%, the course must be repeated. A confirmation (eg. a medical certificate) must be provided for the absence.

According to the examination regulations of the WU, important reasons are those which are outside the disposition of the student (illness, accident, death of a close relative). Professional obligations are not considered as an important reason within the meaning of the examination regulations, because they are in the disposition of the students.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Teaching and learning approach:

  • Lectures and lecturettes
  • Individual study of original literature
  • Group work and mock trial
  • Discussion
  • Critical reflection



  • Group work 40% (paper 30%, presentation 10%)
  • Individual reflection on reading assignment (20%)
  • Final exam (40%)


    Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

    For students within the Management master program: Successful completion of the course "Introduction to Management"

    This course is based on the knowledge content of the bachelor program. It has a definitely scientific character and builds on the current state of scientific research.

    Availability of lecturer(s)

    Institute for Change Management and Management Development
    by e-mail: Giuseppe Delmestri

    Last edited: 2021-09-29