Theory of organizations


This class provides an overview of the theory and sociology of organizations through the successive contributions of engineers, psychologists, sociologists, and economists who have gradually enriched the discipline. The class discusses the opposition between the integrative theories of organizations that prevailed until the 1980s and the theories of organizational breakdown (i.e. the theory of the firm).

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Must have general knowledge in management (financial analysis, HR MANAGEMENT, strategic steering) and general knowledge in human and social sciences.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and assessment conditions are likely to be different for students in a credit exchange programme.


  • Amblard et al., Les Nouvelles approches sociologiques des organisations, Le Seuil, 2005.
  • Crawford M.B., Éloge du carburateur, La Découverte, 2016.
  • Desreumaux A., Théorie des organisations, EMS, 2015.
  • Dupuy F., Lost in Management, Points, 2013.
  • Hatch M.J., Cunliffe A.L., Théorie des organisations, Deboeck, 2009.

Educational formula

PowerPoint presentation followed by comments and discussions.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



Educational manager :
Pichard Stamford Jean Pierre [+]