Skoči do osrednje vsebine

Management of dynamic organizations

Menedžment dinamičnih organizacij

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Andrej Rus


  • Asst. Prof. Helena Kovačič


Elective - expert




Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Communication studies - Marketing Communication and Public Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of Cultural studies - Studies of Culture and Creativity
  • Undergraduate Programme of Defence Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of Journalism
  • Undergraduate Programme of Media and Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Public Policies and Sdministration
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Studies of Politics and the State
  • Undergraduate Programme of Social Informatics
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology - Human Resources Management


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure.

Objectives and competences

To introduce advanced topics in management and to develop their capacity to criticall assess new and established approaches to management by explicating their theoretical underpinnings. COMPETENCES: New knowledge and understanding, Analysis of new approaches to managmentand their critical assesment, Sithesis of theory and applied approaches , Collaboration and teamwork, Oral and written communication.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course is concerned with advanced topics in dynamic organizations and management. It includes two parts: a theoretical and an applicative one. In the theoretical part the course explores Scott's analysos of organizations as rational, natural and open systems. This presents the frmework for the analysis of contemporary management approaches to the maangemnet of complex organizations. In the applied part the course looks at contemporary approaches to management linking those with the theoretical foundamentals for better understanding and critical analysis. The topics are clustered in three chapters. Examples of open organization approach are: new forms of organizing, transaction cost theory and the problem of organizational boundary. Network organization and its applications: outsourcing, industrial regions, supply chains, strategic alliances, intraorganizational networks, coworking movement. Rational organizational approach deals with process organization, reingeenering, and six sigma. Natural system aproaches include, empowerment, innovation inspirational leadership, employee participation in change management, key capabilities of organizations.

Intended learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course the students will: Gain new knowledge and understanding of advanced approaches to management in the context of the underpinning organizational theory. They will become prepared to use Scott’s framework of organizations as rational, natural and open systems. Thy will be introduced to management approaches to organizational structuring (network organizations), rationalization (reengineering of business processes), and mobilization of employees (innovation, leading change) ability to critically analyze approaches to managemnt in the context of organizational theory Have hands on experience in using case studies for advancing their understanding of managemenet. Develop effective communication skills through meaningful participation in weekly seminars, collaboration in team work, and in class presentations.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars, consultations, individual or group work, in-class presentations, e-learning.


two midterm exams 80% In class presentation 10% Class participation 10%

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Scott, W. Richard; Davis, Gerald Fredrick
Title: Organizations and organizing : rational, natural and open systems perspectives »
Publishing: New York ; London : Routledge, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-315-66337-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 28024323 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Buckingham, Marcus; Coffman, Curt
Title: First, break all the rules : what the world's greatest managers do differently »
Publishing: London [etc.] : Pocket Books, 2005
ISBN: 1-4165-0266-1; 978-1-4165-0266-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 30533213 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Christensen, Clayton M.
Title: The innovator's dilemma : when new technologies cause great firms to fail »
Publishing: Boston : Harvard Business Review Press, cop. 2016
ISBN: 978-1-63369-179-7
COBISS.SI-ID: 29742851 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Other written or oral tests or exams (ongoing examination)
    Midterm exam
    Midterm exam
    Other written or oral tests or exams (ongoing examination)