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  • WelcomeIntroduce myselfWhat BA programs are youdoing at this moment?
  • Name the pointsWhat BA programs are you doing at this moment?
  • Here is a group of peoplewho are allfascinatedwithstudyingorganizations! 
  • So, we are a department and a program that is all about ORGANIZATIONS. But, where do you find organizations? Well, everywhere!They are useful as they allow humans to accmplish things they could not achieve individually. Almost all goods and services are produced by organizations.They are powerful like large MNCs or governments, or armiesSome are wonderful but others are dreadful, think of organizations that exploit child labor or even commit crimeSome organizations are driven by profit (and there is nothing wrong with that!), some are founded for non-profit goals. Others still are public in character, like the public administration, schools or hospitals.So, organizations are not just businesses. We look less at the hard aspects of organizations (that also), but musch more at the soft aspects of organizations.
  • Ad 1) Our program focuses both on the profit and non-profit organizations. While Bedrijfskunde looks at for profit organizations only, bestuurskunde focuses on non-profit / public organizations. Organization Studies looks at ALL types of organizations. We take both, because they are both organizations and the theoretical angle that we take is that of organization theory.Ad2) OS is not so much about learning how to manage organizations, but rather about understanding organizations as such. Why are organizations there, why do they look they way they do, why and how do they change, or maybe why they don’t change? How do organizations deal with the complexity that comes from having diverse workforce, power relations between its members. Economists tend to look at organizations as black boxes. We look inside – how do organizations change, develop, learn, structure, innovate etc. And what makes people within organizations behave the way they do?.Ad 2) We train organizational analysts, not management experts! You will not learn specific management techniques here – for this you should do an MBA program. What we will teach you is to UNDERSTAND organizations and the problems they face. You will learn to collect data, analyze it and interpret the findings in light of the existing organization theories. This will allow you to formulate recommendations for how to intervene in the organizations – you will be able to design organizational interventions. This is what is referred to as evidence-based management. Not a blind application of a management technique, but development of a tailor-made intervention based on the real situation of the organization.Ad 3) While we are an academic program – which means we are strongly rooted in theory – this does not by any means imply that you end up with purely theoretical knowledge. (There is nothing more practical than a good theory) On the contrary, you build up broad skills that can be applied in a variety of contexts. What are those skills? They are the skills of being able to describe and analyze an organizational problem, and design an intervention, and to implement it. You become generalists that can apply the analystical skills and theoretical understanding to any type of organization. This also th emain difference with the HRM studies. HRM focuses on the management of the Human Resouce within an organization, our focus is more broad (as I alreayd mentioned). Rather than becoming a specilist, you are becoming a generalist.
  • Ad 1) Departmet of OW is based within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The primary disciplines we rely on are (organizational) socilogy and (organizational) psychology (this is also what makes our program unique) – we are not a business school, or a business department. And solid methods!Ad2) see previous slidesAd3) what this means is that all the teachers lecture in the area in which they also carry out research. Also, students write their thesis in circles that are mentored by members of our department whose research focuses on that given area. I will talk more about the circles later.Ad 4) Students are not customers or clients but rather co-creators in the process of teaching (together with us they determine the quality of knowledge created)
  • The course work:In the fall semester you have 5 content courses and and the Master Seminar in Organization Studies, in which you write up your research proposal, which is then executed in the spring semester.
  • Organizations operate in an environment. Both organizations as well as the environment are complex – made up of multiple elements that are operating interdependently – and dynamic – continually changing. Complexity and dynamics are the two main foci of the MA OS. The MA program includes 5 courses, 2 of which cover the complexity and dynamics of organizations, one covers the complexity and dynamics of the enviroment, and the last two cover ways in which organizations react to the complexity and dynmics of the environment, be it by shaping their strategy and innovation and/ or using their interorganizational relationships to accomplish that.CWO: Here students learn a lot about team functioning and perfoemance. This is important because many organizations these days work woth teams, some of them exclusively. links between causes, complexity indicators and their consequences (implications). Themes covered: organizational differentiation, team composition and performance, virtual teams, intra-organizational networks, workforce diversity and its organizational consequences, internal organizational communication, technology (information technology, groupware support systems, communication technologies), multi-team systems. Couse builds strongly on the OB and Organizational Development courses.Organizational dynamics: Looks at exactly that, how organizations change and how can we intervene in those changes.The issues brought up to discussion are related to group dynamics, authority and power, conflict and collaboration, organizational design and flexibility, change and resistance to change, the learning organization,  as well as organizational identity and image. Societal developments and institutions: Focuses on how can we understand the environment of the organizations, how it changes and how does it affect the organziations?First, institutions are the rules of the game of societies, they consist of rules and enforcement structures and can take different forms, like e.g. cognitive models, normative patterns or regulative structures. Second, organizations also form part of the institutional environment for other organizations and individuals. In that sense, organizations can also act as institutional enforcers, imposing institutional pressure on others and set incentives to others to comply with certain institutions. Third, institutions are object to  changes. Such changes can take different forms, but a highly relevant form of change is institutional change that is induced by actorsOrganizing strategy & entrepreneurship: Combines the previous courses and asks how can organizations strategically respond to the changing envornoment, for example new market conditions (e.g. BoP). Students learn to unravel a complex strategic problem in an organization or between organizations and to design a relevant strategy process for this problem; Students learn to understand and to apply the key concepts of (radical) innovation, their relationship with entrepreneurship and the organizational environment, and how they impact on institutions, organizations and management. Central idea that established, successful organizations need to adapt continuously and, in doing so, have to overcome internal barriers against change. These barriers may preempt them from capitalizing on external opportunities that may develop from emerging markets.IOR: How organizations are embedded in networks of relationships and how can they use them strategically to respond to the changing environment. There also, students learn to analyze networks with the social network analysis.theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge about and the understanding of the ways organizations use inter-organizational relationships as a way to deal with complexity and environmental dynamics, which are basically the external problems of specialization, differentiation, coordination and integration.
  • The good thing about the curriculum being set-up as it is, is that in the 2nd semester you can focus exclusively on writing of the thesis. This gives you a lot of freedom. Having your IRP approved in the first semester, you can choose to go abroad to study for a semester to one of our partner institutions around the world. And then come back and finish your thesis in the third semester. You can also organize an internship that’s related to the topic of your thesis or you can go abroad to collect data for your thesis. Students have gone to South America, to India etc.Circles are there to capitalize on the group dynamics: students get feedback not only from the supervisor but also from their peers. Thy are also asked to critically read each other’s work and provide feedback to each other.
  • Circles are there not to constrin you in any way, but rather support you in your searh for a research question. Most students suffer from drowning in the sea of opportunities of what they can research. However, if you have an idea of your own and would like to conduct research on that specific topic (of course within the field of OS), you will always be facilitated to do so. We strongly believe that students should do the research that fascinates them. C
  • Students execute actual projects for partner organizations thus build up one year of working experience.25% of the students get to stay at the organization leonger, either for a project, for a temporary contract or for a permanent contract.Students receive around 425 Euro compensation per month excluding transportation costs
  • As you are trained as organizational analysts, it is no surprise that the majority work as management consultants. Dtuch consulting companies but also international. There is a big category Other, which is not surprising because MA OS is a very broad program.For example, banking and insurance, government or welfare organizations. It is true for netherlands and internationlly.
  • If we look at the functions that MA OS graduates have, again we see that consulting plays a big part. And here we have both internal (many companies, like hospitals for example, have internal consulting departments that look at the internal processes and how they can make them more secutre) and external consulting (consulating companies, Berenschot, Twynstre Gudde). Up until now, our alumni have had very good job perspectives so far. Of course, a lot depends on your own initiative and where you choose to specialize.
  • By now, I have hopefully convinced you that Master OS at Tilburg Unviersity is a great program, but now you are probably wondering what it takes to enter the program. In political science, sociology, psychology, in org stud or in management.We are located in the School of Social and Behavioral sceinces, therefore knowledge of social science theories in a must.In addition, knowledge of organization and management theory and practice helps.Furthermore, since MA thesis is a such a large chunk of the program and since the analytical aspecs of the program are so crucial, you should have a sound knowledge of the research methods and statistics. However, in our philosophy, the methods follow the researcch question. So, you can do quantitative research or qualitative research, or you can do mixed methods. It very much depends on the research question and context.The willingness and ability to work hard is a must. This is particularly important in the first semester where there are 5 context courses. We desigend the program to resemble an actual working envornment that you will enter after you graduate. In such enviroments, you encounter a mix of short and long ranking projects and you need to learn how to reconcile the two and be able to complete both projects.
  • Since this program is in English, we require a certain level of English.You can here see the range of possible tests you can do. Most students choose to do IELTS or TOEFL. If you would like to know more, please visit our website. There you can also find all the information about the admission requirements. If you decide to join the program, I look forward to meeting you next August here in Tilburg.
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    • 1. Master’s Program Organization Studies Dr. Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan
    • 2. Points for today 2 • Main characteristics of the Master’s Program OS (1-year program) • Courses and thesis • 2 Variants: Extended Master OS & Research Master in Social Sciences • Master OS in comparison • After graduation • Master OS from the student/alumni perspective • How to prepare? • More information
    • 3. Department of Organization Studies 3
    • 4. ORGANIZATIONS are everywhere! 4 Some are: useful, powerful, caring, entertaining or dreadful All are: complex and dynamic!
    • 5. Main characteristics 5  Focus on complexity and dynamics  MA OS addresses issues and theories of the whole range of present-day organizations  MA OS trains organizational analysts  Focus on broad and transferable skills to facilitate employment in a wide variety of organizations in the Netherlands and internationally  Train generalists, not specialists
    • 6. Approach: 6  Interdisciplinary approach (sociology, psychology, management and business studies)  Strong focus on analytical skills, rather than on specific tools and techniques  Closely linked to the department’s research program  Self-activation & self-assessment  Few final written exams, mainly reports, presentations, discussions  Small working groups
    • 7. How to get through? 7 1. Course work Societal Developments and Institutions (6 ECTS) Fall Organization Dynamics (6 ECTS) Organizing Strategy and Entrepreneurship (6 ECTS) Inter-organizational Relations (6 ECTS) Complexity within Organizations (6 ECTS) Master Seminar in Organization Studies (6 ECTS) 2. Thesis Master thesis (24 ECTS) Spring
    • 8. 1. Course work structure 8 Complex Dynamic Organi- zation Complexity within organizations Organizational dynamics Environ- ment Societal development and institutions Organizing strategy & entrepreneurship Interorganizational relations
    • 9. 2. Master Thesis 9 Master thesis Organization Studies (24 ECTS):  Semester 2  Competence test to show that you: • can perform scientific research independently • have deep knowledge of the topic • are able to interpret and communicate research results  Approach: • Research topic within the framework of the research program of the department • Thesis circles of up to 8 students supervised by staff member • Thesis has to be written in English
    • 10. Master Thesis Circle Topics 2012 - 2013 10 Supervisor Title Leon Oerlemans Temporary Organizations Remco Mannak Organizations in Dynamic Networks Joerg Raab Network Management Jing Han Network Cognition Maryse Chappin Crowdsourcing for Innovation Tobias Goessling Critical Management Sjo Soeters Internationalization and Organizational Culture John Goedee Chain Cooperation Victor Gilsing (Breakthrough) Innovation & External Collaboration Petre Curseu Human and Social Capital of Groups Roger Leenders Risk Taking in Teams Jeroen de Jong An Experimental Approach to Psychological Contracts Sander Smit Organizing R&D Collaborations Rob Jansen Taking SDM research back into the field
    • 11. How to get out? 11 • Complete all the course work • Complete the Master’s thesis by the end of June • Defend the Master’s thesis in June • Graduation in a collective ceremony and within the Master circle (with guests) at the end of September
    • 12. Variant 1: Extended Master Consultancy 27-3-2014Titel presentatie in Footer 12 • 1,5 year long program • Same courses as in the regular Master’s OS • 1 year junior traineeship with partner organization while writing Master thesis (2&3 semester) • Research proposal around a problem experienced by the partner organization • Some additional assignments and workshops
    • 13. Partner Organizations Extended Master Consultancy 13 NIM Maatschappelijk Werk D&A medical group B.V. SKPO EINDHOVEN E.O. Magnitude Consulting
    • 14. Admission requirements for Extended Master 27-3-2014Titel presentatie in Footer 14 • Admission: Same as regular Master OS • Students have to apply and be accepted by the Department of Organization Studies and the partner organization in the spring of 2014 • Information session first half of May • Deadline for applications for 2014/15 is second half of May • Tilburg University website (search term: extended master OS), Stefan Cloudt:
    • 15. Variant 2: Research Master in Social Science 27-3-2014Titel presentatie in Footer 15 • 2-year research oriented program in Social Sciences with focus on individual in social contexts • Interdisciplinary approach that integrates social psychology, sociology, organization studies and methodology • Trains all-round researchers • Admission takes place after selection. There is a limited number of openings (max 30) • Students must apply for enrolment in the program
    • 16. Research Masters cont. 27-3-2014Titel presentatie in Footer 16  Interested in doing research  Qualified: • Background in methodology and statistics • High grades • Sufficient knowledge of English • MOTIVATION!  Willing to work hard  Motivated to learn research methodology and statistics
    • 17. 17 The Master OS in comparison • English Master; prepares for Dutch and international labor market • Master OS addresses issues and theories about the whole range of present-day organizations • Strong focus on analytical skills • Extended Master Consultancy with integrated traineeship
    • 18. 18 Career prospects 34 8 6 4 4 4 40 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 managment consulting human resources higher education research hospital and health care information technology and services other Industry Demographics (%) Organization Studies Linkedin (n=600)
    • 19. 19 Career prospects 20 10 6 6 6 5 47 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Function demographics (%) Organization Studies Linkedin (n=600)
    • 20. 20 Career prospects 38 21 10 7 4 4 16 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 senior entry manager training owner partner other Seniority demographics (%) OrganizationStudies Linkedin (n=600)
    • 21. First jobs of OS alumni 27-3-2014Titelpresentatie in Footer 21 - Onderzoeker / data analyst (onderzoeksbureau, organisatieadvies bureau) - Trainee management, trainee beleidsmedewerker, trainee consultancy (bank, business consulting, overheid etc) - Consultant / business analyst (advies bureau, ICT) - Projectleider /project manager (Lean Six, Sigma, werving & selectiebureau) - Projectmedewerker - Stafmedewerker - Docent (Hogeschool) - Sales executive
    • 22. Subsequent functions of OW / OS alumni 27-3-2014Titelpresentatie in Footer 22 • Project mager / leider, project lid, project controller, project supportofficer, programma manager • Beleidsadviseur, beleidsmedewerker (kwaliteit, managementteam) • Intern of extern adviseur/consultant (verandering, HR, IT) • HR manager, HR business partner • Stafmedewerker • Trainer / coach • Marketingmanager • Commercieel directeur • Promovendus (Phd student) • Business (development, process) analyst • Business manager
    • 23. Employers of OW / OS alumni 27-3-2014Titelpresentatie in Footer 23 • Cap Gemini, KPMG, Pentascope • Sogeti, ICMS Group • ING Bank, ABN Amro • Alex vermogensbeheer • ORMIT • Open Universiteit, Tilburg University • Gemeente Den Haag • Netwerkstad Twente (samenwerkingsverband van vijf steden in Twente) • Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).
    • 24. WO monitor 2012 for TSB 27-3-2014Titel presentatie in Footer 24 No. of months between graduation and first paid job Within 1 month: 42% Within 3 months: 60 % Within 6 months: 74% 88,9 % of all TSB graduates are employed 74% are satisfied with their current function
    • 25. 25 Master OS from a student perspective Max Meulendijks
    • 26. 26 Preparing for the Master’s OS • Mastering English as a foreign language (oral and writing skills) • Complete course work in your Bachelor program or the premaster year • Regularly read articles referring to organizational problems in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet • Be prepared to enter an exciting and challenging program • You may consider doing an internship with an organization before you enter the program
    • 27. Required (academic) background • Completed Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in the social sciences or economics (harde knip) • Basic knowledge in social science theories • Basic knowledge of organization and management (theories) • Sound knowledge in research methods and statistics • Strong interest in organizations and organizing • Eagerness to develop skills of critical analysis and understanding • Willingness to work hard
    • 28. Required (academic) background 27-3-2014Titel presentatie in Footer 28 English language requirements: • TOEFL: 577 (paper), 90 (internet) • Academic IELTS: overall 6,5 + no part less than 6.0 • Cambridge Proficiency in English: All grades • Cambridge Advanced English: Grades A,B and C For details on application procedure, visit the TiU website!
    • 29. 29 Questions? General information about the program, admission, etc.: Study advisor Renske Helmer e-mail: phone: tel.:013 466 2088 More information about the content of the program: Coordinator Master’s program Dr. Tobias Gössling email: phone: 013-466 3384 Masterbeurs in the Menza Restaurant (17:00 – 20:00)