Walsh Catalog 2021-2022

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MGT 546 ORGANIZATIONS AS COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS

This course lays the foundation for the strategic management of organizations by briefly surveying the literature in organizational theory to develop a deeper understanding of what organizations are and how they adapt their internal environment and actions to interact successfully with their external environment. Systems theory, specifically the theories of complex adaptive systems and autopoietic systems, are used to explicate the characteristics of organizations as dynamic learning systems, and contingency theory is used to explain the organization's need for feedback-oriented action learning. This understanding of organizations then informs a robust overview and critique of contemporary strategic management theories and practices. This course serves both MSIT students and MSM-SM students: Using the concepts of the course as context, MSIT students will complete a simulation project to develop basic system dynamics understanding and skills. MSM-SM students will complete a case study u

Credits

3

Prerequisite

MGT 600

Distribution

MANAGEMENT