General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Núria Masferrer Llabinés

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Giovanni Giusti
Jose Luis Martin Marin Arandia 

Teaching languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Minimum 50% English (slides, scientific articles, textbooks and exercises)

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
  • E_4Evaluate 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 until reaching consensus positions, thus acquiring the ability to learn together with other team members and create new knowledge

Transversal competences
  • T1_Communicate properly orally and in writing in the 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.

Learning outcomes

  • Build an overview of the company and its main functional areas.
  • Develop and evaluate business cases.
  • Design the different organizational structures of the company.
  • Develop organizational and people strategies.

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions

MD1. Master class: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation attended by all students enrolled in the subject

Guided learning

MD5. Seminars: Face-to-face format in small work groups (between 14 and 40). These are sessions linked to the face-to-face sessions of the subject that allow to offer a practical perspective of the subject and in which the participation of the student is key.

MD7. Case study: Dynamics that starts from the study of a case, which serves to contextualize the student in a specific situation, the teacher can propose different activities, both individually and in groups, among their students.

Autonomous learning

MD10. Research and critical reading of articles: Students start from a working hypothesis that they are developing, following the fairies of the research methodology, including the critical reading of articles.

MD11. Non-contact tutorials: for which the student will have telematic resources such as e-mail and ESCSET intranet resources.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

The Tecnocampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.


Topic 1: Organizations and organizational effectiveness
What is an organization?
Organizational theory, design and change
How do managers measure organizational effectiveness?

Topic 2: Stakeholders and Managers
Organizational effectiveness: meeting the goals and pretensions of stakeholders
Senior executives and organizational authority
A perspective of agency theory

Topic 3: Administration in a changing global environment: a historical vision
What is the organizational environment?
Resource dependence theory
Interorganizational strategies for the administration of resource dependencies
Strategies for managing the symbiotic interdependencies of resources
Transaction cost theory

Topic 4: Design of the organizational structure: specialization and coordination
Functional structure
Divisional structure
Matrix structure
Network structure and unlimited organization

Topic 5: Creation and administration of organizational culture
What is organizational culture?
Where does organizational culture come from?
Can organizational culture be managed?

Topic 6: Organizational design, skills and technology
Technology and organizational effectiveness
Technical complexity: Joan Woodward's theory
Routine and complex tasks: Charles Perrow's theory
Interdependence of tasks: the theory of James D. Thompson

Topic 7: Organizational transformations
The life cycle of the organization
Birth of the organization
The population ecology model of organizational birth
Greiner's model of organizational growth

Item 8: Forms of integration of companies
Vertical integration
Horizontal integration
Transaction costs

Topic 9: Decision making, learning, knowledge management and information technology
Organizational decision making
Models of organizational decision making
Knowledge management and information technology
Factors affecting organizational learning
Improving decision-making and learning

Subject 10: Administration of Conflicts, Power and Politics
Organizations as political entities
What is an organizational conflict?
Pondy's model of organizational conflict
Conflict management: conflict resolution strategies


Learning activities

Master class: Lectures based on the teacher's explanation attended by all students enrolled in the subject.

Group seminars.

Solving exercises and problems: Non-contact activity dedicated to solving practical exercises based on the data provided by the teacher.


Evaluation system

Evaluation system:



Final exam


Participation and experiments 15%

Individual and / or group work


The final exam of the term represents 40% 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 40% 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.




Gareth R. Jones (2013). Organizational Theory, Design, and Change, Pearson, 7th edition

BJ Hodge, WP Anthony, LM Wales (2002). Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach, 6th edition

GIUSTI, Giovanni; DOPESO-FERNÁNDEZ, Roberto. Incentive magnitude and reference point shifting: a laboratory experiment. International Journal of Manpower, 2020.

COLELLA, Fabrizio; DALTON, Patricio S .; GIUSTI, Giovanni. You'll Never Walk Alone: ​​The Effect of Moral Support on Performance. 2018.


Daft L. Richard. (2013). Organization Theory and Design, 12th Edition

Triana, MDC, Jayasinghe, M., Pieper, JR, Delgado, DM, & Li, M. (2018). Perceived workplace gender discrimination and employee consequences: a meta-analysis and complementary studies considering country context. Journal of Management, 0149206318776772.