5216 Strategic Organization Design
Philipp Benedikt Becker, MSc (WU)
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/16/23 to 02/19/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 03/01/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D5.1.001
Wednesday 03/08/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D4.0.127
Monday 03/13/23 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM TC.4.16
Wednesday 03/15/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.004
Monday 03/20/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.001
Wednesday 03/22/23 10:30 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.004
Wednesday 03/29/23 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.5.15

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 organizations function and 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

Full attendance at all meetings is expected. We require an attendance of minimum 80% of all sessions, this also applies to all online sessions. If you are unable to attend a session due to unforseeable citcumstances you need to inform your lecturer before the session takes place. 

If you are affected by quarantine or show symptoms of COVID-19 please contact your lecturer and do not participate in in-person lectures. Adjustments concerning the situation with COVID-19 will be announced in class / via email.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Lecture with discussions 
  • Team Presentations
  • Final Exam 


The final course grade is based upon the following evaluation of assessment assignments:

  • Exam (50%)
  • Team Presentation (35%)
  • Team Reflection Paper (15%) 

Please note that students must participate in all three components in order to pass the course. We expect you to paticipate actively in class discussions.


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Last edited: 2022-11-28