Best Free MOOCs In Business For March

Org Structure

Designing the Organization: From Strategy to Organizational Structure

School: University of Illinois

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: CLICK HERE

Start Date: March, 2016 (4 Weeks Long)

Workload: 5-7 Hours Per Week

Instructor: Huseyin Leblebici

Credentials: Leblebici is a professor of business administration at the University of Illinois, where he teaches courses in organizational behavior since 1982. During his tenure, he has also headed the school’s Office of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship and served interim head of the business administration department. His research has also been published in distinguished academic journals like the Strategic Management Journal and Annals in Social Responsibility.

Graded: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $79 fee.

Description: An organization’s design is an expression of its mission, priorities, and constraints. Even more, it is both a reflection and result of its choices and culture. In this course, Leblebici will help students “develop a conceptual process model that links business models, external and internal contingencies, and organizational design. Second, [they] will focus on the fundamental principles of organization design and what alternative design choices are available for managers. Finally, [they] will apply these concepts and ideas to organizational situations to develop the critical insights and decision making skills to build effective organizations. In the process, students will understand the fundamentals that govern the organizational design and use these principles and factors to “design the coordination, control, and performance measurement systems to manage an organization.”

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Additional Background: This course is the third part of a “Strategic Leadership and Management” specialization,” a six course series that includes a capstone project. It covers the foundations and applications of leadership (two courses that are available on March 16), organizational design, and business and corporate strategy. To learn more about these courses and register for them, click here.