649 Theory of Organisation

649 Theory of Organisation

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Administration 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Individual work: 135
  • Lecturer: Štefan Ivanko, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • examine the understanding of the organization and processes in the modern business environment
  • analyze the possibilities of dealing with organizational work problems
  • organizational problems solved by using scientific methods and procedures
  • find key elements for achieving excellence in organization,
  • discover and use of organizational solutions.


  • ability to apply knowledge gained in the development organizational theories
  • understanding the general structure of theory and practice of organization and interaction between its sub-disciplines,
  • capacity for critical analysis and problem solving of organization
  • ability to ensure continuous improvement of the organization, processes and products and / or services.
  • modelling of organizational systems and processes, and deployment within the organization.

2. Content

  • Definition of organisational theory
  • Notions of organisation
  • Development of organisational science
  • Classical theories of organisation
  • Neoclassical theories of organisation
  • Modern theories of organisation
  • Reengineering
  • Learning organisation
  • Theories of quality
  • Organisational development
  • Theories of business excellence
  • Theory of 20 keys

3. Readings

  • Ivanko, Š.: Teorija organizacije. Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana 2005, 314 str.
  • Dimovski, V.: Učeča se organizacija, GV, Ljubljana 2005, izbrana poglavja, 170 str.
  • Hodge, Antony, Gales: Organization Theory, A Strategc Approch. Prentice Hall, New Jersey 2003 izbrana poglavja, 70 str.
  • Richard L. Daft: Organization Theory & Design, West Publishing Company, New York 2000, izbrana poglavja, 70 str.
  • Vila, A.: Organizacija v postmoderni družbi, Moderna organizacija, Kranj 2004, izbrana poglavja, 70 str.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to understand and manage the Interaction of factors affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • practical work
  • coursework
  • case study
  • e-learning
  • tutoring (for individual learning)

6. Assessment

  • Active participation (lectures, e-learning, forum, ..) (30%)
  • Presentation of coursework (seminar work, project work) (30%)
  • Oral (or written) examination (40%)

Final assessment of the course is the sum of the time commitments (oral exam, written exam) and other partial estimates of commitments for this period. (40%)