Organizational Design and Development

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Bachelor, Master
Professor Susanne Mütze-Niewöhner

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Team OGE




Today's work environment is highly dynamic. The key functions of managers when it comes to developing their organization is to stimulate, support and accompany change processes. In this course, we will convey the conceptual foundations for the design and development of organizations. This includes concepts of work organization, such as forms of team and group work and flexible working time models, as well as personnel-related approaches and measures (e.g. personnel development and management). Important cross-sectional tasks, such as occupational health and safety, skill and knowledge management as well as the management of diversity and heterogeneous age structures, form further key topics. The learning content is conveyed using actual case studies.


The aim of the course is to provide future managers with the conceptual foundations for the design and development of organizations. Against the background of current challenges, the main objective is to develop an understanding of the numerous design dimensions and their interactions. By addressing the different goals and interests of the involved stakeholders, the course aims to promote the development of design skills that take into account both economic and human-centered criteria. The course encourages critical reflection and provides space for the discussion of typical operational problems. In longer interactive exercise blocks, opportunities for personal development are also given (e.g. job application training).

Teaching and Learning Method

Please note that lectures and exercises are not always held separately, as the scheduling in RWTHonline may suggest. Exercises are partly worked on and discussed during the lecture. They serve to gain a deeper understanding of the lecture content and in particular enable interdisciplinary discourse in the lecture or in small groups. All learning materials relevant to the examination will be made available in the Moodle learning room. Attendance is not compulsory.