Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar in Organizational Theory (macro)

Course Number: 47892

This course introduces central concepts in Organizational Theory. The main objective of this course is to create a forum to discuss and develop an understanding of the different strategies organizational theorists use to explain organizational processes, develop theories, and make these theories as convincing as possible. Topics include: Economic Sociology, Organizational Learning, Institutional Theory, Status and Power, and Social Networks within and among firms.

Degree: PhD
Concentration: Organizational Behavior and Theory
Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Mini 1
Required/Elective: Elective
Prerequisite(s): 6


Lecture: 100min/wk and Recitation: 50min/wk

Learning Objectives

My hope is that after you complete this course you will be a more thoughtful consumer of research on organizations, and of more generally social science research. While some of the research perspectives emphasized in this course may not suit your interests, as a participant in the scholarly community you should be able to understand the research of others and judge it on its own terms. This course is a seminar. I may occasionally lecture on specific topics but the focus will be on developing an understanding of the material through discussion and debate. The discussions are important to help you develop your own positions on some of the theories in the area. It is also important that you learn to orally engage with work. Therefore, your class participation will be graded. During the course, I will ask you to take on a variety of the different roles that an academic researcher must perform. The purpose of these different roles is to engage with research from a variety of different perspectives.