Organizational Analysis (Self-Paced)

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In this introductory, self-paced course, you will learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 completed
6 years, 5 months ago
This is another great course. Daniel McFarland hit all the right buttons. This course makes you feel like you can do any organisational analysis. It was just the right way to get an intro into MOOCs. Really felt like it should never end.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 2 months ago
This is an insightful course, well taken by an instructor that knows his way around it. In fact, I feel like an organizational analyst just taking this course, coupled with my informal knowledge on organisation. These past 11 weeks have been quite an educative and expository journey. Thanks to the team that made this possible.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
... The course impressively integrates both theoretical approaches and practical implications; and was delivered with exemplary pedagogy. ... (150 characters)
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4/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
I found this course to be extremely theoretical and mostly academic in its delivery and examples. The course material is now 4 or 5 years old. So many interesting things have happened in the last few years... It would be nice to have a varied range of examples and "real-world" examples. With a few exceptions I got tired of "Education Setting" examples. To be honest, most of the lessons i was bored to death. For an instructor who specializes in Education the delivery method was not appealing at all, mostly relying on slides filled with text and the read out of those slides.
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4/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 1 month ago
Although I learned concepts and different organizations theories, I was for the most part incredibly bored. This course is at least 5 years old. There is no sign of the Instructor on any of the online forums. The material thought is incredible academic, with most examples coming from Academia or Education. Thus, I was not drawn to them and just got sick of the same type of examples and discussion environment. For an Instructor who focus on Education, the slides and materials were very basic and boring. Basically, the instructor read from the slides, adding nothing to them. With the type of tools we currently have to teach and learn i expected more. It was quite painful to stick through the 11 sessions. With regards to Coursera, I will not take any more paid courses through it. This is an unaccountable organization. We cannot reach anybody, there are no people to address our concerns or answer questions. They take your m... Although I learned concepts and different organizations theories, I was for the most part incredibly bored. This course is at least 5 years old. There is no sign of the Instructor on any of the online forums. The material thought is incredible academic, with most examples coming from Academia or Education. Thus, I was not drawn to them and just got sick of the same type of examples and discussion environment. For an Instructor who focus on Education, the slides and materials were very basic and boring. Basically, the instructor read from the slides, adding nothing to them. With the type of tools we currently have to teach and learn i expected more. It was quite painful to stick through the 11 sessions. With regards to Coursera, I will not take any more paid courses through it. This is an unaccountable organization. We cannot reach anybody, there are no people to address our concerns or answer questions. They take your money and "thank you very much"!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 1 month ago
The course is quite impressive in its breadth and depth considering it is a beginner's course. The Professor has an engaging style and the material is thorough . It is good to be introduced to theories as well look at real organisations through these theoretical lenses. As a beginner's course it's not easy and is of a very high standard.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 2 months ago
An excellent course which covers all the details essential... A must have information for all in the service sector. It has been a great learning experience and will look forwards for more courses in Coursera....
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
The course does not claim to give all details about organizational analysis but provides a vision and perspective on the subject. It is up to the student how to move from that on. One can detail the subject according the experience and the key theories covered over the course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
I think this course could prove extremely helpful to anyone interested in how organizations have been looked at from a theoretical perspective. A series of theories is outlined and briefly explored through examples. If you're interested in this subject, the course will save you a lot of time. I appreciated the instructor's tone, questions, as well as the weekly reminders from Coursera to complete the next assignment. I did not take the final as I was only interested in the information. However, I did complete the weekly quizzes and found them to be helpful.
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
The content was very throughout and can be applied to my specific needs. The instructor was very personable, especially during the screen-side chats. The technology was simple to use, material was available on my own time and scheduling was easy.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 5 months ago
Daniel Mcfarland is a great Instructor. I enjoyed the course thoroughly and I look forward to more such courses. Everything went very smooth. A little more time before the final exam would have really helped. There is huge content to go through.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
I found the course really interesting - a very good introduction to selected theories. Prof DM is passionate about the subject and about teaching. This is clear from the painstakingly put together screen-side chats. In order to get the most out of this course please read Scott's book (Organizing- R, N and O systems perspectives) alongside. The book clarifies many concepts in greater detail. As do the suggested readings (e.g., Marsh's article on decision making). I am very thankful to prof MacFarland for this course. This is a classy course with classy instruction. Cant believe it is free!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 39 reviews
  • 37 completed
4 years, 12 months ago
Very good course on a broad variety of organizational theories- how to spot which one might fit what you are analyzing and the implications. Definitely requires the Distinction tracks with essays to have heft as an MBA level course. These assignments require you to pick what theory to apply to each of three case studies and then criticize its strengths and weakness and identify alternate theories that could work as well which is an excellent way of training one to not force a square peg real life example into a round hole theory. The lecturer speaks slowly and monotone so play at 1.5x speed. Otherwise he is quite technically clear in exposition and style. Required forum participation requires some thought on each theory between the 3 projects.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 completed
5 years, 1 month ago
Organisational analysis touches very interesting subjects, with lots of practical information that can be applied in many situations, specially in work environments. I enjoyed taking this course, although a few sessions were a bit dry.
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6/10 starsDropped
  • 10 reviews
  • 8 completed
5 years, 5 months ago
I dropped the course after 2 weeks as I could not understand what the lecturer was talking about. I don't like when a lecturer mechanically reads the text instead of explaining the material with his own words. I could listen to an audiobook and get the same quality of teaching.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 27 completed
5 years, 7 months ago
An excellent overview of various perspectives on organizations. McFarland explains and conveys the material very well, plus much of the learning is immediately and practically applicable. Warning: this course does require focus and time commitment to do well.
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5/10 starsDropped
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 completed
5 years, 9 months ago
I found this course boring, not challenging and much less enriching that other course I took at that time, so I dropped this one. Having some years in corporate environment I found it naive sometimes.
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5/10 starsDropped
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 completed
6 years, 5 months ago
I confess that I was taking two courses - one had to be dropped and this was the class. I made it about three weeks in and often found myself speeding up the lecture to reduce the total lecture time, which I thought was a bit too long. I would have liked to complete the course as I know this is foundation material for several degrees.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 5 months ago
This was my first MOOC, so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Professor Dan McFarland is a very engaging, knowledgeable tutor who teaches with great attention to detail in explaining the fairly vast subject that is organizational analysis. Ten models/theories were taught. Numerous video lectures supplied the main thrust of the teaching. These were interspersed with quizzes to ensure knowledge retention. At the end of each week more quizzes were expected to be completed. We were also supplied with a considerable amount of reading material, but the readings were optional. A very active forum was provided where many students raised and commented upon the many topics within the course. After each week, Professor McFarland added 'screenside chats' where he would expound upon forum contributions which caught his eye. I took the basic stream of the course, which meant completing quizzes and the final exam at the end. ... This was my first MOOC, so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Professor Dan McFarland is a very engaging, knowledgeable tutor who teaches with great attention to detail in explaining the fairly vast subject that is organizational analysis. Ten models/theories were taught. Numerous video lectures supplied the main thrust of the teaching. These were interspersed with quizzes to ensure knowledge retention. At the end of each week more quizzes were expected to be completed. We were also supplied with a considerable amount of reading material, but the readings were optional. A very active forum was provided where many students raised and commented upon the many topics within the course. After each week, Professor McFarland added 'screenside chats' where he would expound upon forum contributions which caught his eye. I took the basic stream of the course, which meant completing quizzes and the final exam at the end. A more advanced stream required the completion of papers on topics, and peer reviewing the same from other students. The only fly in the ointment to the whole course was the loss of wireless connection I experienced whenever I did the quizzes. This was probably due to the huge number of people hitting the server during the video lectures, and being eight time zones away (a lot of hops). Whether you are a manager, a postgraduate or just a curious layman like myself, overall I would highly recommend a MOOC, especially this one. Kudos Professor McFarland!
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