Organization Theory

Objectives: This course introduces students to the study of organizations as a complex system subject to environmental forces and aimed at efficiency purposes. The course will be conducted in English. 


  • The organization as a complex system
  • Structural approaches versus the school of human relations
  • Organizational culture approaches
  • Contingency theory and organizational institutionalism
  • Organizations as agents of social change


  • Barley, S. 2007. Corporations, democracy, and the public good. Journal of Management Inquiry, 16, 201-215. 
  • DiMaggio, P.J., & Powell, W.W. (1983). The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields. American Sociological Review, 48, 147–160.
  • Grey, C. (2012). A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations (3rd ed.). London: Sage
  • Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Sahlin, K., & Suddaby, R. (Eds.) (2008). The SAGE handbook of organizational institutionalism. London: Sage.
  • Olsen, M., & Boxenbaum, E. (2009). Bottom-of-the-pyramid: Organizational barriers to implementation. California Management Review, 51, 100-125
  • Schein, E. H. 2010. Organizational Culture and Leadership (4th Ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Eva Boxenbaum, Professor of Management,  Mines ParisTech


Mines ParisTech, 60 bd. Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris

5 sessions (3h each) November-December 


Written exam, 3h.


Head of Master MODO: Daniel VANDERPOOTEN

Secretariat :
  Office :B530
  Tel. : +33 1 44 05 42 47
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  Université Paris Dauphine
  Master MODO - Bureau P619
  Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
  75775 Paris Cedex 16, France