Program Organization Studies

The Master in Organization Studies provides you with a critical understanding of organizational behavior and its theoretical foundations, with a specific focus on organizational complexity and dynamics. It is designed for those seeking a sound theoretical basis in organization studies, a deeper level of understanding about how organizations deal with complexity and dynamics and an advanced level study that will generate transferable skills and facilitate employment in a great variety of organizations.

The Master's program focuses on two central organizational concepts: complexity and dynamics . Complexity is one of the key contemporary organizational issues. Individuals, groups, organizations and networks are embedded in complex webs of interdependent relations which can be of social, institutional or economic character. Dealing appropriately with complex relations is crucial for the good functioning of organizations and cooperations.

The concept of dynamics refers to environmental changes that influence the choice of organizing processes and organizational forms and strategies. How organizations deal with these dynamic changes has a considerable influence on the way they function. Therefore, the central question is how organizations can handle these complexities and dynamics within the organization and organizational networks.

NameOrganization Studies
Duration1 year Master’s program
Degree AwardedMaster of Science (MSc)
EducationOn-campus only (no distance learning),
lectures, seminars and group work
ExamsExams in December and January in the form
of written exams, papers, presentations
Best preparatory bachelorsBusiness (Administration), Management, Communication,
Psychology, Sociology, Human Resource Studies,
Organization Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences
Core CoursesComplexity within Organizations, Organizing Strategy
and Entrepreneurship,
Organizational Dynamics, Inter- Organizational Relationships,
Social Developments and Institutions
After graduationManagement positions in business
and (semi) public organizations,
consultancy, and research
StartEnd of August
Information DayIn March and November
See the website Master's Open Day

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