Fall 2009 PHD Course

B9707-001: (PhD) Organization Theory

M - Full Term, 09:15AM to 12:15PM

Location: URI 305

Instructor: Eric Abrahamson; Paul Ingram

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This course is an introduction to the major theoretical approaches and debates in organizational theory, which draws primarily on sociology and secondarily on economics, psychology, and political science to explain the basic building blocks of modern society. The purpose of this course is to provide you a roadmap for you to roam the terrain of organizational theory. Accordingly, we will start with the classics and then trace the history of ideas as the field has evolved to the present.


Eric Abrahamson

Bernstein Faculty Leader

Professor Abrahamson studies the creation, spread, use and rejection of innovative techniques for managing organizations and their employees. He is best known for his work on fads and fashions in management techniques. He is also an expert on the management of organizational change. He has explored the topic of change management in Change Without Pain: How Managers Can Overcome Initiative Overload, Organizational Chaos...

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Paul Ingram

Kravis Professor of Business Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Senior Executive Program. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto. The courses he teaches on management...

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