260.142 Basic Skills dealing with organizations
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe the purpose of organizations. They can analyse and criticise the culture and processes in organisations. They can allocate power in organisations and they can help shape their own working environment. 

Subject of course

Course Objectives
Gain organizational competence: Understanding of processes in organizations, confidence in performing in organizations, helping to shape one's own work environment.

Content of the course
The classical understanding of organizations as well as the systems theory view of organizations, social systems, organizational structure, line and project management, teams as high performers in organizations, team building and group dynamics, roles and functions, organizational research, organizational paradoxes, people in organizations, organizational culture, organizational development, social psychology and rationalization myths.

In addition to theoretical inputs, individual organizational phenomena are simulated practically in the seminar. Teams are formed at the first session. These teams will then have the task of "researching" various organizations/companies between the individual seminar blocks using different questions and criteria, preparing and presenting the results for the seminar.

All dates of the Block-LV are obligatory.

Teaching methods

Group work: Exploring organizations through practice interviews. Analysis of the results. Presentation in the seminar. Simulation of organizational phenomena. Processing of theoretical questions. Discussion of case studies.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Intended for students of the second study stage (Master)! Organizational experience (e.g. internship) is an advantage. Lecture with practical exercises, self-study, individual and group work. Block course!

Please participate on the computer and in a quiet, undisturbed working environment (not via cell phone - for various group processes it is necessary to be able to see all participants in the gallery view). You need a stable internet connection as well as active audio and video (micro, webcam). The seminar is interactive and depends on your participation.



Course dates

Sat10:45 - 18:0016.10.2021 online (LIVE)Blockveranstaltung
Sat10:45 - 18:0006.11.2021 online (LIVE)Blockveranstaltung
Sat10:45 - 16:0027.11.2021 online (LIVE)Blockveranstaltung

Examination modalities

Active continuous participation, group work, written thesis (here the extent and the subject depends on the desired grade, approx. 6-12 pages)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2021 12:00 14.10.2021 18:00 14.10.2021 18:00

Registration modalities

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Simsa: Organisationssoziologie. In: Schülein/Mikl-Horke/Simsa: Soziologie für das Wirtschaftsstudium; Simon: Einführung in die systemische Organisationstheorie; Weick: Der Prozess des Organisierens; Wimmer/Meissner/Wolf: Praktische Organisationswissenschaft; Kasenbacher: Gruppen und Systeme

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