Sep 03, 2019
Very challenging yet worth it. If you are in an administrative position in an organization (especially education) you will get some great perspectives/understandings from this course. Take good notes!
Nov 11, 2017
I think I would have given an overview at the beginning, kind of a framework, to put all theories and aspects in place. Excellent. Including the videos discussing the questions of the students.
por Alexandra J•
Mar 01, 2020
Highly recommended course. There is a lot to unpack here, immediately applicable yet with solid theoretical basis. I have learned to ask new questions, and learned to look at organizations from new, very different perspectives. I do think having work experience is an advantage. The course material is very good (reader, videos, transcripts), the lessons are well-presented. The one thing that keeps me from ticking that 5th star is the state of the discussion forum: it's basically dead. Not Stanford's fault, but as an interactive learning tool it's over.
The site lists '28 hours' as time investment, that is an underestimate - it's easily double that.
por Krista M•
Sep 19, 2018
I thought the course was a start in the introduction of Organizational Analysis. I have reviewed the written text as part of this course - this is a feat, while I have many interdisciplinary comments, questions, critiques - some of the ideas could be clarified. I would elaborate more in the theories of Organizational Anarchies, Network Formations, and think about adding examples of buffering, bridging, and bonding. I've more questions in the development of organizational theories in implementation; thinking many gaps in the realm. Did different individuals write the quizzes?
Dec 28, 2019
Serves as a great, thorough intro to the academic field of organizational analysis. The professor puts organizes a ton of content and explains concepts very well.
That said, the course would have been much more useful if the forum were active, rather than all posts being 3 years old. Half the videos (the screen-side chats) are the professor responding to student discussion from earlier iterations of this course. I wish us later learners had that opportunity! As is, it's not hard to blow through this course with minimal real engagement with the concepts.
por Guillaume H•
Feb 04, 2018
This course is really great to solidify the concepts about organizations as a whole. It digs in the academic as well as the pratical use cases. Only caveat is that it is too centered on examples from the teaching environment (shools) and public sector in the West. No perspective on organizations in other parts of the globe. It lacks a bit of examples from real life and there should be more tertimonies from third parties, videos, interviews. We have only one view here.
In spite of these limitations, I highly recommended it.
por Adedayo A•
May 15, 2018
A very informative course and definitely worth it - good job to all those involved!! (a bit hard going at times due to the pace vis-a-vis some of the theory topics).
The side chats expanded on practical application of the theories with examples which was very helpful. It may be worth updating the side chats with more recent questions and comments though as these are currently showing as 2012 and 2013.
por Michael M•
Nov 25, 2018
I did find the course itself quite interesting and easy to follow. However the weekly forums were essentially dead, most of the posts were dating back months to years. The one or two recent posts did not result in any discussion. I am under the impression, there was any maintenance of the course content since 2013 at the latest.
por ALI R•
Aug 09, 2017
Though the course is arranged and organized in a very smooth way. But often time during lectures, it gets boring. Too much verbal explanation, that often distract us from the main topic. But overall it was a good course and one can learn a lot from it. The teaching of the professor was awsum.
por Manuel G•
Jun 03, 2017
I learned a lot of interesting concepts in this course. The only thing that I would criticise is that, at times, I felt like some of the theories made up these kind of overly complicated categories to classify simple or intuitive things. But it was a good course overall.
por Michael M•
Feb 11, 2019
Very good course with lots of content. Could be improved using different presenters and incorporating content other than the lectures. The final exam was almost impossible and took several attempts to complete. Needs to be less complex to make success more accessible.
por Haricharan V•
Mar 05, 2018
Great course. You may want to warn future participants of a 3 hour final exam :)
Great content. The fireside chats were informative however since I took the course offline, they seemed a bit off topic. The content is definitely well researched and compiled.
por Virginie C•
Aug 25, 2019
I really enjoyed the course, the teacher was great and content very interesting. i would say though that learners shoul be made aware that they should know the textbook in great details to be successful at the final exam.
por Bandaru J V•
Mar 30, 2020
This course is one of the best course which takes you to different perspectives in an organization. I didn't think it will have those many modules. All are very helpful and the professor teaches clearly. Thank you.
por Raj K D•
Jan 04, 2019
its an excellent course. i liked the end exam as well as sufficient depth in knowledge is required to pass this . this forced me to go through the course once again and i am thankful that I went though it again.
por Sainath S•
Mar 21, 2018
Very interesting to take a course from a Stanford Professor. Just wondering if this is equivalent to a course attained from the university itself by attending physical classes or at least less-equivalent!
por Ivaylo Y•
Dec 12, 2016
It's a good course providing broad overview of the field and details into the important theories. Lots of case studies which I didn't find very relevant but still - nice to have them
por daniel k j•
Jan 21, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed this basic overview of Organizational Analysis. It was a fun and interesting foray into what much of my major in school will look like.
por VINOD K M•
Dec 23, 2018
Excellent course, gives a broad view on how organizations are formed. Theories guidelines on how they could could be adapted to the VUCA world.
Aug 30, 2017
Very good course with many examples. I can recommend the course.
It is a bit long in comparison to other Coursera formats but worth the time!
por Neofytos K•
Sep 14, 2017
Very intersting course, presenting the theories for approaching and analyzing organizations and always providing appropriate case examples
por Kenneth E D•
Aug 09, 2018
The course provides a great basic understanding of how to analyze an organization. It provides great tools for future analysis.
por Joris J S•
Dec 10, 2017
Very interesting to learn organizational theories. It will help to assess the effectiveness of your own organization.
por Prashanth M N•
Aug 13, 2017
A really good course for making sense of a lot of things that happen at a macro level in an organisation.
Sep 29, 2017
Well structured course. Great materials and easy to follow teaching methodology
por Víctor E M A•
Jan 23, 2017
Very good theoretical basis to understand the reality of organizations.