Prof. Dr. Stephan Kaiser


180 hours; Contact hours: 24h; Self-study: 156 hours 

Recommended prerequisites:

Knowledge in the areas of corporate management, human resources and organizations is required, as typically acquired in an economics bachelor's and master's program.


In the Strategic Organizational Design event, the interplay between strategy and organization will be examined from an organizational theory perspective. Starting from the debate on "structure follows strategy", fundamental problems of organizational design and their connection with strategy are analyzed. Building on this, students learn about important topics of strategic organizing: the importance of change and stability (dynamic abilities, ambiguity, path dependency), of organizational boundaries & structures (open organization, heterarchies, fluidity) as well as of the environment (inter-organizational networks, ecosystems, dynamics) for strategic organizational design. In addition to theoretical and conceptual input, the contents will be developed and deepened on the basis of case studies.

Learning Objectives

The module is offered to students of the specialization Development of Sustainable Organizations as a compulsory elective module or to all students as a field of interest. On the basis of theoretical concepts, students learn about central challenges for strategic organizational design and the associated management implications. The conceptual and analytical knowledge imparted in the module is of high practical relevance for work in organizations. Due to the strong interaction of the students, the module also imparts social and communication skills. 

Proof of performance:

Written exam or grade certificate, which can be acquired through assessed group work/seminar papers.


  • Schreyögg, G., Geiger, D. (2016): Organisation: Grundlagen moderner Organisationsgestaltung, 6. Aufl., Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler
  • TBA