Institution: VHB ProDok
Date: 4. – 7. April 2017
This doctoral seminar exposes students to foundational and current research in organization theory. It specifically focuses on macro-organizational theory, derived largely from sociological and economic theoretical traditions. This type of organizational theory is interested in the interaction of organizational structures and processes with the wider political, economic, societal, or natural environment. Among others, it tries to explain the emergence of organizational forms and organizational survival, resource acquisition and utilization, interaction between organizations, the perception of organizations in society, or organizational responsibility. Instead of giving a comprehensive historical introduction into the “classics” of organization theory, this course will focus on current advancements of core theoretical concepts such as sensemaking, institutions, routines or networks as well as on more recent theoretical streams such as the ‘strong’ process view of organization or the communicative constitution of organization. Assessment will mainly be based on reading assignments and participation.