441009 :Strategie en organisatie
(Strategy and Organization)

General info

Instruction language Dutch
Type of Instruction Lectures, Working groups, Assignment (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written exam (45%), Assignment (45%), Groups presentation (10%) (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP.
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prof. dr. J. Goedee (Coördinator)

dr. T.P.L. Buyl

H. Verver MSc

J.M. van Zelst MSc


  • Identify and enumerate Strategy and Organization concepts.
  • Recognize, summarize and describe strategy concepts and the associated strategy School.
  • Recognize, summarize and describe organization concepts and the associated organization configuration.
  • Recognize practical situations discussed during the lectures, literature, seminars etc., based on data collected by students during an interview and a questionnaire completed by the respondents.
  • Students make a comparative analysis and relate it to the theory (prescribed literature, lectures, seminars) on the basis of a questionnaire and an interview.
  • Write a report based on themselves and by fellow students collected data (questionnaire (s) and interview (s).



Strategy and Organization is a contemporary topic both in theory and in practice. In science, researchers aim to discover strategies that increase the likelihood that organizations survive in these turbulent times. In other words: in practice, the members of the organization who are responsible for an organization's strategy have to lead their organization through these turbulent times. The continuity, profitability and added value for clients of their organization is essential here. To this end, the upper echelons of the organization must think of how their organization needs to be governed strategically, tactically and operationally. There are (dominant) organizational forms that aim to achieve this with specific coordination mechanisms. From a theoretical point of view, the strategy/structure debate is central. What influence does strategy have on the organizational form, or is it the organizational form which influences the strategy? These themes are addressed in this course.

 Assignment and cases

The goal of the assignment and cases is that students connect the topics from the course with organizational practice. Students need to recognize and connect one of the strategies and structures covered in the course literature. The student will write and hand in a paper for the course and present their work.


This course builds on the course Introduction to Organization Studies and prepares the students for the course Strategic Decision Making, in which the concepts, paradigms and theories are placed in the decision making context of organizations.

The grades of all parts are only valid within the academic year.

For both the written exam, the paper and the presentation grade of at least 5.5 must be obtained in order to finish the course and obtain credits. If either of these parts is graded with a grade lower than 5.5, the course cannot be completed sufficiently . This means that a resit for the part (paper, presentation and/or exam) that falls below the 5.5 will be necessary. 

Compulsory Reading

  1. Mintzberg, H., Organisatiestructuren (Tweede Editie), Schoonhoven: Academic Service, Economie en Bedrijfskunde., 2013, ISBN 978-90-430-2469-3.
  2. Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B., & Lampel, J. (2009). Op strategie safari: Uw complete gids door de jungle van strategisch management. FT Prentice Hall. 2e editie. ISBN: 978-9-0430-1770-1.

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