This course examines major innovations in organizations and asks whether innovation itself can be organized. We will study a range of forms of organizing (e.g., bureaucratic, post-bureaucratic, and open architecture network forms) in a broad variety of settings: from food systems to the military-entertainment complex, from airline cockpits to Wall Street trading rooms, from engineering firms to mega-churches, from improv-comedy to PowerPoint demonstrations, from scientific management at the turn of the twentieth century to collaborative filtering and open source programming at the beginning of the twenty-first. Special attention will be paid to relationship between organizational forms and new digital technologies. Basic concepts in organizational analysis - groups, projects, communities, knowledge, networks, search, collaboration, space, location, users, producers - are revisited when organizational design cannot be separated from design of the digital interface.
Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement