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Managing People: Organizational Design, Change, and Performance

  • Teacher(s):   J.Dietz  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2019-2020, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
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    Master of Science (MSc) in Management, Orientation Business Analytics

 

Objectives

This course seeks to enable students to understand and address challenges in managing people in organizations on the basis of academic literature. Students learn about how to manage people through organizational design, performance management, and organizational change. In doing so, the course allows students to apply academic theories about managing people to real-world cases. These cases, supplemented by scholarly readings, serve as the primary vehicle for learning.

Specifically, students (1) learn declarative knowledge about organizational design, organizational change, and managing people, (2) develop procedural knowledge and skills for solving managerial problems, and (3) develop skills for presenting and arguing managerial decisions.

Contents

Module 1: Organizational Design

  1. Course Introduction: Meier Manufacturing
  2. Organizational design: Keeping Google “Googley”
  3. Organizational structure: Procter & Gamble: Organization 2005
  4. Organizational culture: Four Seasons goes to Paris
  5. Organization design in an NGO: Street Child Europe
  6. Holacracy as modern organizational design: Liip Switzerland

Module 2: People Management

  1. Managing employee performance: Elise Smart
  2. Managing difficult employees: What a star, what a jerk
  3. Managing diversity: The case of the unequal opportunity
  4. Dealing with unresolvable tensions: TBD

Module 3: Change Management

  1. Managing top-down and bottom-up change: TBD
  2. Managing change in an NGO: Red Cross Children’s Home Guyana /Course Review

Pre-requisites

N/A

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

Class contribution (individual) : 20%

Weekly assignment papers (individual): 50%

Take-home assignment (individual): 30%

Retake

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

Students who fail the course must do a take-home assignment during the Unil retake exam session; in that case, class contribution and the weekly assignment papers will still be taken into account for the final grading, and the retake take-home assignment will account for 30% of the overall course grade.



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