General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Monica Juliana Oviedo León

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Giovanni Giusti
Julià Regader Villarroya 
Jordi Garolera Berrocal 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish

Check the schedules of the different groups to know the language of teaching classes. Although the material can be in any of the three languages.




Basic skills
  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E4_Assess and define the personnel policies of a company or business organization, select work teams, define profiles and establish staffing needs


General competencies
  • G1_ Be able to work in a team, actively participating in tasks and negotiating dissenting opinions to reach consensus positions, thus acquiring the ability to learn together with other team members and create new knowledge

Transversal competences
  • Communicate properly orally and in writing in the two official languages ​​of Catalonia

  • T4_Domain the computer tools and their main applications for the ordinary academic and professional activity


The course examines how people create and maintain complex organizations in order to achieve goals and milestones.

Students will study organizations from the perspective of classical organizational theory with an emphasis on efficiency, adaptability, and other perspectives such as cultural or political.

By using the "case methodology", students will be able to link the theoretical material of the subject to real cases.


Topic 1: What are organizations and what are their main challenges?

- What is an organization?

- Dimensions of organizational design

- The evolution of the theory and design of organizations


Topic 2: Organizational design and organizational structure

- Organizational purpose

- Strategy and design selection frameworks

- Evaluation of organizational effectiveness

- Organizational structure

- Organizational design alternatives


Topic 3: The external environment and interorganizational relations

- The environmental context

- Environmental uncertainty

- Theory of resource dependence

- Theory of population ecology

- Institutional vision of the design of the organization


Topic 4: The organization and the international environment

- Global vs. local opportunities

- Design the structure to adapt to the global strategy

- Cultural differences

- New approaches to global organizational design


Topic 5: Organizational culture and ethical values

- Design and culture of the organization

- Organizational culture, learning and performance

- Ethical values ​​and social responsibility

- How leaders shape culture and ethics


Topic 6: Information technologies and control

- Information for decision making and control

- Strengthening internal coordination

- Strengthening external relations

- Impact of ICT on the design of the organization


Topic 7: Decision making processes

- Individual decision making

- Organizational decision making

- Contingency decision-making framework

- Decision and learning mistakes


Item 8: Conflict, power and politics

- Intergroup conflict in organizations

- Power and organizations

- Political processes in organizations

- Use power, politics and collaboration

Evaluation system

Evaluation system:



Final exam


Class participation 20%

The final exam of the term represents 60% of the grade. A minimum grade of 5 out of 10 is required to pass.

In recovery, only the final exam can be taken, which will calculate 60% of the final grade, as the grades of the activities will be kept.

A student who has not applied for the first call CANNOT apply for recovery.




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