1176 Strategic Organization Design
Dr. Sabine Pittnauer
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/14/23 to 09/17/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/09/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D5.1.002
Wednesday 10/11/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.003
Monday 10/16/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.002
Wednesday 10/18/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.003
Monday 10/23/23 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D5.1.002
Tuesday 10/24/23 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM D5.1.003
Monday 10/30/23 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM D5.1.002

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.

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 on an Executive Interview (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.



Is the use of AI-based software for your course/exam an (un)authorized aid?

* Allowed is the use of AI-based software for writing support, such as Grammarly. However, it is mandatory to indicate the use of any AI-based software in your written work.

* If you use  AI-based software for text and content generation such as ChatGPT  in your reports, presentations, or any other written text, it is mandatory to 1) verify the information generated and 2) add all relevant references for the text, data, and AI-based software.

*During in-class discussions, we will challenge the results and insights from your presentations and written work.


How to indicate the permitted use of AI-based software?

* You need to provide indication in a footnote for the corresponding sections.


*add a detailed appendix with specific "prompts" and the responses from the text generation software.


What will your initial steps be for any suspected cases of unauthorized use of AI-based software?

* Note that in case of suspicious cases, we will set up an additional individual oral audit interview with the student.


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Last edited: 2023-08-22