Hatch and Cunliffe (2013) identify a number of perspectives or periods associated with the design of organisations, e.g. a prehistory, a modern a symbolic and a post-modern approach. However, regardless of the perspective, they identify six theoretical domains that influence the different perspectives. These domains are identified as Organisation-Environment relations, Organisational Social structure, technology, Organisational culture Physical structure and the multifaceted area of Organisational power, control and conflict.
You need to choose one theoretical domain that you feel is the most important or influential to the design of organisations today.
Critically explore your chosen domain and critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages inherent in this domain. You should clearly and critically identify factors supporting your preference.
You should base your answers in and around the development of organisational theory as suggested by Hatch and Cunliffe in the set text for the module. You will need to identify (with supporting evidence) your choices and why you think they are the most important.
For this assignment you must critically evaluate what you consider to be the one main factor that drives organisational design. There is a wealth of material available on the issues facing organisational design detailed in the module guide. In addition there is a comprehensive range of material available in Adsetts and as online books.
Word count: 3600-4000 excluding references but including appendices
Marks will be awarded based on the grid shown in the guide. You will receive feedback on the assignment against the assessment criteria shown on the grid; this will be an overall impression of the work from the point of view of the marker.
Students should not use general internet sources i.e. web pages, blogs, Wikipedia, etc. If in doubt about your source, seek guidance from staff at Adsetts or from the module team in class. The use of inappropriate internet sources has been shown to result in difficulty addressing the question in the depth needed.
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