Analysing and diagnosing organisational dynamics

Organisations are not natural phenomena, they are the always precarious outcome of organizing processes through which power-relations between relatively autonomous yet interdependent actors are structured, channeled and stabilized, at least for a time.

The aim of this course is to define and discuss the main theoretical issues raised by the empirical analysis of these organizing processes and their outcomes. We will examine the relative autonomy of the organizational constructs resulting from these processes in regard to their wider contexts (in their technological, economic, social, institutional  and/or cultural dimensions) and propose a mode of reasoning as well as methodological inputs for the purpose of enhancing students’ capacity to produce a relevant diagnosis of any organizational context, be it intra- or inter-organizational in nature. The implications for a methodology of action contained in this mode of reasoning will be explained and discussed. The penultimate sessions of the course will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of the case-studies produced by the different groups.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.