New Models of Business Organizations in 21st Century

Course leader: Dr Elzbieta Jendrych

Home institution: Akademia Leona Kozminskiego, Polonia


Course prerequisites: English at minimum B1+/B2 level

Course overview

"Modern organizations have brought about sensational progress for humanity in less than two centuries – the blink of an eye in the overall timeline of our species. None of the recent advances in human history would have been possible without organizations as vehicles for human collaboration. And yet, many people sense that the current way we run organizations has been stretched to its limits” (F. Laroux, 2016).The aim of the course is to present the newest models of business organizations and to instruct students on how they can increase their employability in such organizations.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Understand the newest organizational paradigms
- Understand the recent trends in management
- Use the tools of personal/employee brand building
- Increase their employability after graduation

Course content

Part I
- Contemporary business environment
- The VUCA world of business (volatility, uncertainty, change, ambiguity)
- Recent trends in management
- Short history of organizational development
- Newest organizational paradigms
- The concept of an employee as a “free individual”
- Culture and values in modern organizations
Part II
- Tools of personal/employee brand building
- How to increase your employability – recruitment in teal/turquoise organizations
- Millennials as employees
- The changing workplace and work patterns
- Case studies

Instructional method

Teaching methods: interactive, task-based, student-centered
Forms of work: lecture, pair/group work, discussions, workshops, case studies

Required course materials

F. Laloux, Reinventing Organizations, 2016, Nelson Parker
C. Capon, Understanding the Business Environment, 2009, Prentice Hall
D. Schawbel, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future, 2010, Kaplan
J. Bright & J. Earl, Brilliant CV, 2008, Pearson

A written test at the end of the course accounts for 100% of the final grade.