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Module WI000656

This Module is offered by Chair of Strategy and Organization (Prof. Welpe).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2011/2

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2012WS 2011/2

Basic Information

WI000656 is a semester module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2017.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lecture Organization provides a broad and thorough introduction to strategy and organization, two major issues in management. After an introduction to basic theories, the lecture introduces how organizations can be evaluated on the basis of their resources and capabilities and how these create competitive advantages for organizations. Furthermore, organizational structure and design issues are adressed and challenges for corporate governance and potential solutions to resulting problems are discussed. Finally, in the lecture, organizations in interaction with their environment are examined, especially with regard to inter-organizational strategies for competition and cooperation as well as issues of globalization. The lecture combines practical examples with current research. The focus lies on behavioral and empirical perspectives within organizational theory and research.

Learning Outcome

The lecture Introduction to Organization and Strategy introduces students into several strategic and organizational theories. After having attended the lecture, students understand the relationship between organization and performance. They are able to analyze and optimize organizational structures, decision making processes, individual and group behavior and interorganizational relations.



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Students are introduced to strategy and organization in an interactive lecture. Students are required to further immerse themselves into the presented theories by means of the recommended literature.




Daft, R.L., Murphy, J., & Willmott, H. (2010). Organization theory design. Andover: South-Western Cengage Learning

Grant, R. M. (2013). Contemporary strategy analysis (8th ed.). Chicester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Or: Grant, R. M. (2010). Contemporary strategy analysis (7th ed.). Chicester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B., & Lampel, J. (2009). Strategy safari: Your complete guide through the wilds of strategic management (2nd ed.). Harlowe, UK: FT Prentice Hall

Volberda, H. W., Morgan, R. E., Reinmoeller, P., Hitt, M. A., Ireland, R. D., & Hoskisson, R. E. (2011). Strategic management: Competitiveness and globalization. Andover, UK: Cengage Learning EMEA.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Grading is based on a 60-minutes, written exam. The questions are based on the organizational theories presented in the lecture. To test whether the students acquired the theoretical knowledge and whether they are able to compare and transfer the concepts and processes of Organization, multiple choice questions are asked. The exam consists of 60 questions. Students are allowed to bring a dictionary.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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