Organisation Analysis and Design


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Account for theories and their paradigmatic underpinning on the design of industrial and professional service organisations
  • Describe  the impact of corporate and operations strategies, technologies and (competitive) environments on the design of such organisations


  • Identify organizational design problems in industrial and professional service organization
  • Operationalize these problems and collect relevant information concerning the industrial/competitive, strategic, technological, and organization design aspects describing these problems
  • Analyse, evaluate and (re)design organisational designs in their contexts
  • Apply concepts and theories to cases and (real-life) examples.


  • Visualize in, for example, exercises and cases of:
    • The paradigms in organisation theory
    • The principles of organisation design, including division and coordination of labour, and the impact of key contextual characteristics (including strategy, technology and environment) on organisation design parameters
    • Decision making, and the role of power, politics, control and conflicts in organisations
    • The similarities and differences between designing and managing start-ups, mature, expert-based, innovative, diverse, networked and virtual organisations
    • The needs, challenges, dilemmas, dualities and paradoxes in combining exploration and exploitation.
  • Take the lead in diagnosing and solving problems in organization designs of various types of industrial and professional service companies

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examOrganisation Analysis and Design
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleOrganisationsanalyse og design
Module codeM-OIM-K1-1
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Management Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science