(Virtual) organizations in a dynamic context

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Course description of (Virtual) Organizations in a Dynamic Context

  • Period
    • Semester 1 block 2, language English
  • Onderwijsinstituut
    • Graduate School of Informatics
  • Lecturers
    • drs A.W. Abcouwer (coördinator)
    • Prof dr H. Afsarmanesh
    • drs B.G.Parson
    • drs B. Knoef
  • Course is part of
    • Master's in Information Studies

Learning Objectives

  • The student
    • Can describe the development of an organization as an adaptive cycle moving from equilibrium to crisis and back to equilibrium again
    • Can distinguish in the different phases of the adaptive cycle the importance of a simple, complicated, complex and chaotic organization setting
    • Can analyse the role of an organization in a virtual organization or complex adaptive system setting
    • Is able to contribute to the process of finding a balance between 'Going concern' / stability and innovation / renewal of information systems in an organizational context
    • Can apply his knowledge of organizational change in a business case


Organizations will inevitably go through phases in their development in a dynamic context. In discussing these phases we will indicate their characteristics, so that they can be recognized and predicted. In addition, we indicate the sequence of phases and we will focus on the transitions between the phases. Consequently, specific success factors for organizational change can be derived and we will focus on the role of Information (management) and the information manager in the success of organizational change processes.
Aside from the impact of the dynamic context on the organization itself, the fact that the organization is part of a chain or network of organizations will influence the way of collaborating. These relationships will in many cases have a temporary character. In that respect we often speak of virtual network environments of virtual organization breeding environments. These concepts will be introduced and elaborated.

Structure of the course

The course will be taught in the form of lectures (2h/w) and working groups (2h/w)

Study material

Will be made available via Blackboard

As an important source of information the site http://www.adaptivecycle.nl will be used. Further important information / literature can be found on http://www.fcngroup.nl.
Earlier classes have filled this site with relevant information. The findings of this session of the course will be made available to the general public via this site