Course Description

Course Name

Organization Theories

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course description
There is no one best way to accomplish a goal or solve a problem. An organization is one of the
most important modern vehicles to attain the goal or solve the problem. Ways of solving
problems differ from each other and depend much on the perspectives or metaphors about an
organization. Every method or theory has its own strengths and limitations. This course will
present various perspectives of an organization with a special emphasis on features of both
?public? and ?Korea?. Korean public organization should be understood at several different levels of
analysis such as psychological, structural, and ecological as well as various theoretical lenses. We
are able to understand such psychological factors as needs, motivations, or perceptions at
individual level. At structural level, we can find a lot of interaction patterns or group dynamics
within and between organizations. And finally we must be able to realize that organization is
influenced by outer environmental or cultural forces. Organization is an ongoing reality where
multiple realities interact with each other.

Course objectives
This course is organized with the following three objectives in mind: (1) To have students think
critically and dialectically about the concepts and theories of organization. Critical thinking is
related to the capacity of asking questions and dialectical thought is directly connection with an
ability to answer those questions. (2) To have students understand the dimensions of public
organization precisely by comparing them with those of private organization. Public bureaucracy
differs in many points from business or social enterprise. This course wants to have students find
out as many criteria of comparison as possible through critical and dialectical thinking. (3) To have students get knowledge or skills needed to diagnose and design a public organization. The
knowledge or skills will help students understand the relationship between theory and practice of
Korean public organization.

*Course content subject to change