Managing organizational complexity

Managing organizational complexity

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar:  20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Nataša Rupčić, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

On the basis of identifying the nature of contemporary business changes determine directions of changes and development of the scientific and organizational paradigm with the purpose to identify desirable characteristics of modern complex business systems as learning organizations, which strive to achieve excellence by continuously developing processes of organizational learning and knowledge management.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Identification of trends of business changes
  • Hierarchy of variables leading to the erosion of competitive advantages
  • Fundamentals of the organizational paradigm transformation
  • Mechanicistic view of the organization- organizations as biological systems-organizations as socio-cultural systems
  • Principles of system thinking
  • Complexity and systematicity of enterprises
  • Complexity theory and the chaos metaphor
  • Managing complexity in the modern business making
  • Intelligent organizations vs. Autopoiesis
  • Learning organization as a modern complex intelligent organization
  • Organizational learning components
  • Process of knowledge management

3.  Readings

  • Gharajedaghi, J.: System thinking: managing chaos and complexity, Elsevier, 2006.Sundać, D. (1992), Prilozi za novu ekonomsku znanost, Rijeka: Sveučilište u Rijeci.
  • Schwaninger, M.: Managing Complexity – The Path Toward Intelligent Organizations, Systemic Practice and Action Research, Vol. 13, No. 2., 2000., p. 207-240.
  • Rupčić, N.: Poduzeće koje uči - formula za 21. stoljeće; Ekonomski pregled, Vol. 53, No. 9-10, 2002., str. 903-919
  • Rupčić, N.: Kritički osvrt na koncept organizacije koja uči; Društvena istraživanja, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2007., str. 1239-1261
  • Rupčić, N.: Mogućnost razvoja učećih poduzeća kao autopoietskih sustava, Ekonomska misao i praksa, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2012.
  • Rupčić, Nataša: Učeće poduzeće – paradigma suvremenoga poslovanja, Računovodstvo i financije, Vol. 55, No. 8, 2009., str. 140-145
  • Rupčić, Nataša; Žic, Matej: Upravljanje znanjem - suvremena sržna kompetencija, Praktični menadžment, Vol. 3, No. 5, 2012., str. 21-28

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students will acquire capacity to form a critical and argumented scientific judgement on contemporary management issues and challenges.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures in interactive relations with students.
  • Seminars that cover individuall topics with active involvement of all students.
  • Case analyses: theory and practice.
  • Individual student activities in researching organizational complexity.

6. Assessment

Preparation of research paper (critical approach) on agreed topic, and oral presentation of paper 100%