Organizational Design

• basics of the organization: the "Organization" phenomenon from the perspectives of different disciplines, • conceptual design alternatives: primary versus secondary organizations, • approaches, principles and instruments of structural and procedural formation (formal structures, process design, management system, orientation of organizational culture, etc.), • assessment of optimal organizational form through effectiveness and efficiency criteria, • new and alternative concepts of organizational design, • change management – models and instruments for designing organizational change, OD concepts, success and failure factors of organizational change, • models of organizational learning, • overview and selected approaches of organizational theory

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

• Mayrhofer, W./Furtmüller, G./Kasper, H. (eds.) (2015): Personalmanagement - Führung - Organisation, 5th ed., Vienna: Linde • Vahs, D. (2019): Organisation. Ein Lehr- und Managementbuch, 10th ed., Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

lecture, discussion, individual and small-group tasks, case studies (partly distance learning), presentations

Assessment methods and criteria

written final exam as well as assessment of the quality of student assignments and participation


Degree programme

Projectmanagement & Organisation (Master)



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Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to • provide a methodologically sound outline of a suitable organizational view on projects and the organization of projects, • discuss organizational matters in a solution-oriented and interconnected manner, • apply the instruments of organizational and operational structure fitting for the business context, development stage and project orientation (depending on life cycle, environment, business size, etc.), • appropriately employ new and alternative concepts of organizational de-sign (virtual organization, modular organization, fractal organization, etc.), • carry out the practical realization of suitable organizational designs in various forms, • describe the areas of activity of change management as well as models of organizational change and organizational learning, and • classify the practice of organizational work also theoretically and explain it by means of selected organizational theory approaches.

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