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Course Code: 
DBA 610
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Course Objectives: 

This course introduces the principal theoretical perspectives and empirical findings used to explain relationships among management theories, environments, organizational goals, designs, and performance.

Course Content: 

This course covers the definitions, elements and importance of organizations; historical development of organization-management theories; organizations as rational, natural and open systems; different perspectives and levels of analysis; organizational ecology and population ecology theories; organizational change; decision-making theories; power and policy applications in organizations; the effects of technology on organizational structure; objectives, power, authority, control, and conflict; organizational anarchy and adhocracy; organization-environment relations, contingency theory; inter-organizational institutional relations and network theory; historical development and institutionalization of the conglomerate structure; new organizational structures; historical development of organization-management theories; and the effects of chaos theory and post-modernism on these theories.

Teaching Methods: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Assessment Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Presentation, C: Homework, D: Project

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1. The students will be able to learn the organizatio / management literature and explain the historical development of the organizations and management theories. 1,3,9 1,2,3 A, B, C, D
2. The students will be able to learn the perspectives, problems and critiques of different paradigms in organization / management theories. 1,3,9 1,2,3 A, B, C, D
3. The students will be able to develop the skills and abilites to evaluate / criticize various paradigms in terms of conceptual, theoretical and methodological aspects. 1,3,9 1,2,3 A, B, C, D
4. Creating opportunities for students to conduct scientific research in the field of organization and management and to share these researches with others through presentations at scientific meetings.   1, 2, 3 A, B, C, D
5. To provide the students with the necessary environment and opportunities to develop more comprehensive and scientific research models and designs that will enable their PhD dissertations and research studies to be published.   1, 2, 3 A, B, C, D

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Organizations and organizational theories as the object of the study Daft, Chapter 1, Scott & Davis, Chapters 1
2 Cornerstones of Organizational Structure

External Environment of Organizations, Relations between Organizations

Daft, Chapters 3, 4 & 5
3 Strategy, Organizational Design and Organizational Effectiveness,

Designing Organizations for International Environment,

Ethical Values

Daft, Chapters 2, 6 & 10
4   Production and Service Technologies

Information Technologies and Control

Size, Life Cycle and Fall of the Organization

Daft, Chapters 7, 8 & 9
5 Innovation and Change in Organizations

Decision-Making Processes in Organizations

Daft, Chapters 11, 12
6 Classical Organization Theories: Organizations as Rational Systems, Scientific Management, Administrative Management, Bureaucracy Ott, Shafritz & Jang, Chapter 1, Scott & Davis, Chapters 2
7 Neo-classical Organization Theories: Organizations as Natural Systems, Human Relations Perspective and Motivation Ott, Shafritz & Jang, Chapter 2, Scott & Davis, Chapters 3
8 Organizations as Open Systems

Combining the Perspective

 The Contingency Perspective

Scott & Davis, Chapters 4 & 5
9 Human Resources Theory and Organizational Behaviour

Organizational Economics Theory, Transaction Costs Theory

Ott, Shafritz & Jang, Chapter 3 & 5
10 Contemporary Structural Organization Theory

Goals, Power, Politics, and Control in Organizations

Daft, Chapter 13, Ott, Shafritz & Jang, Chapters 4 & 6, Scott, Chapter 11
11 Organizational Culture Theory

Organization and Society Theories

Organization-Environment Theories (Institutionalization Theory, Population Ecology, etc.)

Ott, Shafritz & Jang, Chapter 7, 8 & 9
12 Technology and Organizational Structure; Size and Organizational Structure, Environment and Organizational Structure, Labor and Organizational Structure Scott & Davis, Chapter 6, 7, 8
13 Developing Network Relations both within the Organization and with the Environment of the Organization; Network Theory Scott & Davis, Chapters 9, 10 & 11
14 Strategy, Structure, and Performance, Sociology of Organizational Strategy, Historical Development of Institutional Structures of Organizations, Changes and Developments in Organization and Management Theories. Scott & Davis, Chapters 12, 13 & 14
15 Basic Problems of Management in the 21st Century

Presentations of Extra Book Reports

Peter Drucker
16 Final  

Recommended Sources

Textbook Scott, W. Richard & Gerald F. Davis. Organizations:  Rational, Natural, and Open Systems, Last Edition, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall. 


Scott, W. Richard. Organizations:  Rational, Natural, and Open Systems, Fifth Edition, NJ: Prentice Hall. 


Shafritz, Jay.M. and  J. Steven Ott.  Classics of Organization Theory, Last Edition, Paperback, Forth Worth, TX: Harcourt Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. 0-155-06869-5.


Daft, Richard L., Jonathan Murphy and Hugh Willmott (2010), Organization Theory and Design, First Ed.,  Cengage Learning EMEA.

Additional Resources Additional readings will be provided by the instructor.

Material Sharing

Documents Textbooks
Assignments Projects and Presentations
Exams Term Project / Final


Class Participation 1 20
Presentations   40
Term Project / Final   40
Total   100
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  
1 Ph.D. candidates gain knowledge and skills to interpret and criticize many theories, models, and paradigms related to different perspectives that developed in the fields of business (organization and administration, organization behavior, marketing, finance, human resources, production technology, etc.)  and social sciences and evaluation of scientific studies and research presented at scientific meetings         X  
2 Ph.D. candidates learn to track and interpret the changes, innovations and developments in business administration or in other fields of social sciences, and as practitioners determine the organizational and managerial problems, create innovative solutions in the light of this information.       X    
3 Ph.D. candidates gain knowledge, ability, and responsibility to carry out unique scientific and academic researches independently or in partnership with other researchers in the field of social sciences, and to publish the research results in forms of book, article, report and to present for discussing in scientific areas.         X  
4 Ph.D. candidates become managers based on ethical issues, leaders, or academicians who have consciousness of a sustainable environment, social responsibility and active citizenship in the scientific environment in the university, in the close relationship with outstanding faculty members, selected guest speakers and the teammates who they are educated together.       X    
5  Ph.D. candidates learn that the employees of the national and international organizations they manage come from different backgrounds and culture, cultural conflicts occur in mergers and cross-country mobility of the labor force, in a scientific environment and evolve as successful managers and leaders  who can manage cultural differences.       X    
6 Ph.D. candidates gain leadership qualifications to make rational decision-making for long-term strategic planning and application of plans in the organizations they work.         X  
7 Ph.D. candidates learn that strategic management is teamwork and results can be achieved only by working as teams.       X    
8 Ph.D. candidates learn that information developed in different fields of social sciences complete each other and in scientific studies, having multidisciplinary approach and viewpoint is inevitable.         X  
9 In long-term doctoral studies, Ph.D. candidates prepare papers and presentations in English and they criticized for improvement of their studies, they gain effective communication skills in both their native language and in English.         X  
10 Ph.D. Candidates experiences how rapid is production and development of information in social sciences and in business administration and learn that life-long learning is inevitable.         X  


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-term - - -
Homework 10 12,6 126
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Work Load           250
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     10
ECTS Credit of the Course           10