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EDEN DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN


AARHUS, DENMARK, APRIL 24-27, 2017
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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 every sector 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. Organizations that cannot process information effectively cannot learn and adapt. The field of organization design was born when entrepreneurs, managers, military commanders, and other leaders 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 practically useful 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 several issues 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.   

NOTE: Final readings and literature will be available one month before the seminar. The size of the afternoon group presentations will be adjusted to fit the number of participants. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This seminar gives the participant a thorough understanding of the concepts and theories in the field of organization design, including its theoretical foundation and future directions. Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between organization theory and organization design, with an emphasis on theories that have practical applications. Further, students will obtain a thorough understanding of the differences and similarities of traditional and modern organizational designs, particularly collaborative communities and the digital enterprise. The most recent development in the field, design thinking, will be examined using an experiential exercise.


Each module in the seminar is explored from both a theoretical and methodological perspective. In this way, students will see how different research methodologies are used in the field of organization design. The strengths and limitations of each methodology will be highlighted as we discuss interviews and surveys, case methods, laboratory experiments, and computer simulations. Further, students will learn how to choose the appropriate methodology for a particular study using a triangulation perspective.

 

PROGRAMME

Topics will be covered according to the following schedule:

Day 1  Theoretical Foundations and Future Direction
  • Why organizations exist
  • Logic of organizing
  • Importance of organizing
  • Definitions and key concepts
  • Early organization design efforts
        
Day 2 Classic and Modern Organizational Designs
  • Classic organizational designs and their evolution
  • Process of concatenation
  • Organizing in the age of competition, cooperation, and collaboration
  • Emergence of modern organizational designs
  • Emerging environmental contingencies and their effects on organizational designs
          
Day 3: Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Trust, Cooperation
  • Goal Setting
  • Performance
  • Mental Models and Shared Knowledge
Day 4  Design Process
  • Redesign process
  • Design thinking principles
  • Change management
 

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
Panos Mitkidis, Aarhus University & Duke University

 

EVALUATION

After the seminar, students will have an assignment that has to be approved to obtain the 5 ECTS points. The assignment can be related to a theoretical or methodological problem. The report from the assignment should be between 10 and 15 pages and will be evaluated as Pass or No Pass.  

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than February 25, 2017 (Extended Deadline). 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 € (VAT Excluded). This fee includes participation to the seminar, documentation, lunches and a group dinner.

Cancellations made before March 15, 2017 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS

The Institute offers a substantial reduction of the participation fee per member institution (one scholarship 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.

PRACTICALITIES

TIME AND LOCATION
The seminar will be held at the University of Aarhus.

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

The programme will start on April 24, 2017 and is scheduled to end on April 27, 2017

Click HERE to download the programme.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

You are requested to make your own hotel arrangement.

Recommended Hotels:

They are all located in the center and very close to the bus connections.

You can also book on www.booking.com or www.airbnb.com

For any administrative questions, please contact Dorthe Lehmann (doleh@bcom.au.dk)

APPLICATIONS

TO APPLY CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

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