Zico Martin_alumnus Organization Studies

Program and courses Organization Studies

Learn to diagnose organizational problems, formulate research-based solutions to those problems, communicate these effectively with the relevant stakeholders in their respective organizations, and manage the implementation processes.  All combining the latest insights and approaches from organization science, sociology, psychology, and business management.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 6 content courses (33 ECTS)
  • 1 Master’s Seminar in Organization Studies (3 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (24 ECTS)

The program starts at the end of August.

Program content

Block 1: August - October
  • Organizing Strategy and Entrepreneurship 
    Analyze and evaluate challenges faced by organizations and develop an intervention based on issues in the organization. 
  • Evidence Based Intervention
    Develop behavioral, process and technological interventions based on cases and meta-analytic evidence from empirical studies. You combine cases with scientific data. 
  • Complexity within Organizations
    While working in small teams, you analyze complex problems in real contemporary cases and present possible interventions. 
  • Societal Developments and Institutions
    Analyze how societal developments affect industries and organizations. 
Block 2: October - January
  • Organizational Dynamics
    Study an intervention on teams in organizations and present it to the client organization you are studying. You will also host an intervention.
  • Interorganizational Relationships 
    Analyze real-life (organizational) network data to solve a case and present it to a consultancy firm.
  • Societal Developments and Institutions
    Learn about institutional theory, and use it to unpack assumptions about social structures. You will look at six societal developments that affect organizations and their stakeholders. 
  • Master's Seminar Organization Studies
    Prepare for your Master's thesis by producing an Individual Research Proposal (IRP) on one of the pre-selected themes related to research programs of the department. 
Block 3 and 4: January - June

During the second half of the Master's program, you will write your Master's thesis, supervised by a member of the department, and supported by your fellow students in Thesis Circles

Thesis circles

During the Master's thesis project, you will be assigned to a Thesis Circle consisting of a small group of students with similar research themes, supervised by one or more knowledgeable member(s) of the department. In this circle, individual research results are presented and discussed, and you give and receive feedback to and from your fellow students.

Examples of Thesis Circles are*:

  • Dynamic composition of top management teams
  • Intrafirm networks and innovation
  • Social hierarchy and teams
  • Gaming/simulation and open strategy
  • Problems of organizing between organizations
  • Teams in organizations: what really makes them work?
  • Organizing regional resilience
  • Multiple-team membership in organizations
  • Private equity and organizational issues
  • Complex collaboration and serious gaming

* The themes are subject to change

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please Note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

Career Guidance

  • You have the opportunity to do an Extended Master to deepen your knowledge and skills. The Extended Master's Program Organization Studies is a 1.5-years program (90 ECTS) in which you’ll combine scientific research during the Master's thesis trajectory with in-depth work experience in an organization. This extensive experience will boost your position in the job market.
  • Practical teamwork is a key part of the program. In courses such as Organizing Strategy & Entrepreneurship, you discuss and analyze questions posed by real organizations, such as how to maintain the balance between economic development and biodiversity in urban regions like Eindhoven. 

Short overview of Organization Studies

You're trained to become an organizational analyst who is capable of critically identifying and analyzing organizational problems, and develop evidence and research-based interventions that guide adaptation processes in organizations. 

  • Practical teamwork is a key part of the program: frequent group assignments in real-life settings, as well as through the acquisition of knowledge on team processes.
  • Small-scale, interactive education provided by leading scientists and experts in their field. You will also get support and feedback from a small group of fellow students while writing your thesis in so-called Thesis Circles.
  • Deepen your knowledge and skills by doing an Extended Master (18 months). This adds a one-year professional traineeship to your regular program with a wide range of companies to choose from. In the first semester, you will follow the courses of the regular master's program.
  • The Organizing for Global Social Challenges track gives you a different perspective on sustainable development based on the theories and methods pertinent to the Global Management of Social Issues discipline. This specialization considers the role of organizations in addressing global social challenges.
  • Throughout the program, you will put learned concepts into first-hand practical experience by using serious gaming.

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