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EDEN DOCTORAL SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN


AARHUS, MARCH 16-19, 2015
Faculty
DORTHE DOJBAK HAAKONSSON
BORGE OBEL
CHARLES SNOW
INTRODUCING EDEN

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EDEN IN ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

The programme in Organizational Behaviour / Strategic Management will include seminars on the following topics :

  • CSR and Politics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurship Research
  • Organizational Design
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Economics and Management of Innovation
  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Strategic Management

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

Organizations exist because they are a better means of allocating resources than a pure market system. Business entrepreneurs learned more than a century ago that it is preferable to hold resources in the form of a firm than it is to obtain them repeatedly from markets. Doing so allows for more control and predictability, and it gives entrepreneurs time to obtain returns on their investments. Holding resources in organizations allows entrepreneurs to take collective action, and over the years business empires have been built in railroads, steel, automobiles, banks, social media, and information search engines. Today, organizations are used in other sectors as well because they are the most effective means of taking collective action.

The essence of organizing is the ability of individuals, groups, and larger collectives to process information in order to make decisions about identifying and assembling resources. Organizations that cannot process information effectively cannot learn and adapt. The field of organization design was born when entrepreneurs, managers, military commanders, and other strategists focused their attention on how to arrange resources inside their organizations. This seminar will examine how and why organizational designs have evolved over time, and it will describe how the process of designing organizations has expanded as knowledge about organizations and management has accumulated. A particular emphasis will be placed on theories and perspectives that lead to practical designs.

You are asked to read all of the readings before coming to the seminar so that you are prepared to participate actively in the discussions. In addition, please skim through every issue of the Journal of Organization Design (www.jorgdesign.net) to see the various types of articles that have been published and the kinds of topics that are covered.  

PROGRAMME

Topics will be covered according to the following schedule:

Day 1: Theoretical foundations and future directions of Organizational Design

  • Importance of organizing
  • Definitions and key concepts
  • The logic of organizing
  • Research methodology to be discussed by students based on recent articles: Meta analysis

Day 2: Organization theories and how they relate to organization design

  • Theoretical perspectives versus specific theories
  • Contingency and multi-contingency perspectives
  • Configurational perspective and approach
  • Research methodologies to be discussed by students based on recent articles: case studies and surveys.

Day 3: Classic and new organization designs

  • Classic organizational designs and their evolution
  • Emergence of recent organizational designs
  • Recent and emerging contingencies and their effects on designs
  • Research methodologies to be discussed by students based on recent articles: literature survey

Day 4: Design process

  • Relationship between theory and practice
  • Design thinking
  • Organization design and redesign
  • Design implementation

Research methodologies to be discussed by students based on recent articles: prototyping, simulations thought experiments and lab-experiments

TARGET AUDIENCE

The seminar is designed primarily for doctoral students, but post-docs and other early stage researcher may also benefit from attending. We assume students have a basic knowledge of organization theory obtained during their (Research ) Master studies or equivalent. Please let us know if you do not have this basic knowledge of organization theory, and we will provide you with a reading list to prepare for the seminar.

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR & FACULTY

Børge Obel, Aarhus University (Programme Coordinator)

Charles Snow, Penn State University

Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson,  Aarhus University

EVALUATION

Upon successful completion of the seminar, the participants will be given a certificate and granted 4 ECTS.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than January 15, 2015. Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research ;
  • a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application ;
  • a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.

PARTICIPATION FEES

PARTICIPATION FEE
The participation fee is 1100 €. This fee includes participation to the seminar, documentation, lunches and a group dinner.

Cancellations made before February 15, 2015 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute offers a limited number of scholarships of 600 € per member institution. Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

ADDRESS(ES)
MS. DORTHE DOJBAK HAAKONSSON
AARHUS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON ORGANIZATIONAL RENEWAL AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
FUGLESANGS ALLÉ 4
8210 ÅRHUS V
DENMARK
dod@asb.dk
PROF. BORGE OBEL
ICOA
UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
FUGLESANGS ALLÉ 20
DK-8210 AARHUS V
DENMARK
bo@icoa.au.dk
PROF. CHARLES SNOW
SMEAL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
415 BUSINESS BUILDING
16802 UNIVERSITY PARK
PA
U.S.A.
csnow@psu.edu

PRACTICALITIES

TIME AND LOCATION
The seminar will be held at the University of Aarhus,The S-building (No. 2610), room No.S530, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V

Map:
http://www.au.dk/om/organisation/find-au/bygningskort/?b=2610

The programme will start on March 16, 2015 and is scheduled to end March 19, 2015

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

You are requested to make your own hotel arrangement.

Please find below links for recommended hotels:

http://www.au.dk/en/internationalcentre/international-housing-office/info/short_term_accommodation_aarhus/

http://www.booking.com

https://www.airbnb.com/s/Aarhus-C--Aarhus--Denmark?cdn_locale_redirect=1&source=bb&ss_id=mjd40dfk

For any question regarding your accomodation, please contact Marianne Sejthen (ms@icoa.au.dk)

 

APPLICATIONS

TO APPLY CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Anne-Laure Marteaux
EDEN Manager, EIASM -  PLACE DE BROUCKÈRE-PLEIN - 31 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: anne-laure.marteaux@eiasm.be