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Organisational Design, Structure and Processes

This course will develop your understanding of organisational design, structure and processes.

Organisational Design, Structure and Processes
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Find out how large construction companies differ from small and median companies

This course will develop your understanding of the importance of organisational design and structure within construction organisations. You will explore various types of organisational structures and examine the factors that influence their design.

You will develop an understanding of conflict management, exploring the difference between conflict and dispute in construction organisations, and will also evaluate the role of an organisation’s leaders in conflict management.

What topics will you cover?

  • Organisation design and structure
  • Types of organisational structures
  • Strategic management process
  • PESTEL (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental, Legal)
  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Conflict and disputes in construction
  • Conflict management
  • Unethical practices in construction
  • Professional ethics

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the importance of organisational design and structure within construction organisations
  • Assess the types of organisational structures
  • Explore the factors that influence the design of organisational structure
  • Develop an understanding of conflict management
  • Develop an understanding of the difference between conflict and dispute in construction organisations
  • Identify the role of an organisation’s leaders in conflict management
  • Develop an understanding of professional ethics
  • Explore the unethical practices within the construction industry and the importance of ethics

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at students looking to understand different types of organisational structures and the factors that influence their design. It also looks at how to manage conflicts

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Laura, a Fellow of the HEA, holds the position of Lecturer in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, with over 10 years of experience. Her qualifications include a PhD, MSc and BSc

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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