Nature and structure of organizations. Design elements and contingency factors. Structural configurations.
The course under the name of Administration and Business Organization is a basic course of 4,5 credits. When the students have access to this course they have already had contact with its studio area through the course "Fundamentals of Business Organization" which takes place during the first quarterly of the year. In this previous introductory course, they have a first contact with the business reality and also they got the basic ideas which constitute the fundaments of the structure and business functioning. After this first contact, the course has as primary objective that the students acquire enough knowledge to understand the philosophy or set of criteria that supports the Business Direction and Management System which addresses it from a global perspective point of view. Following this theoretical framework the program deals, in first place, with a series of general concepts or fundaments of the business direction and management process which contextualize and conditions the action of the Business Direction in the redeeming of its first task "The Business Administration" that means, assuring the start-up and achievement of the business objectives through an interactive process which comprehends the phases of planning, organization, human resources integration, staff management and control. In second place, there is the study of one of the phases of the process in depth, the Organization Function or group of decisions and actions which result in the design of the organizational structure under which operates the business units.
With the above, it is pretended to develop some skills which will train, in general, to look, to assess and use relevant information to cover their necessities and objectives; to develop the ability of thinking and to use their abilities to confront and solve the challenges that life presents, especially, in the working environment and inside the heart of the organization. In a specific way, to make the future candidates capable of collaborate with co-workers, managers and any other person in their working environment, developing managerial skills and learning to use at maximum their potential.