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Wat is organisatiewetenschappen?

Organisatiewetenschappen is een redelijk onbekende en kleine studie in Nederland. Het is logisch dat je daarom niet meteen een beeld hebt bij deze studie, zoals je dat bij rechten en economie waarschijnlijk wel zult hebben. Op deze pagina vind je alle informatie over Organisatiewetenschappen, zodat je straks precies weet wat deze interessante studie precies inhoudt.

Als eerste komt natuurlijk de logische vraag wat Organisatiewetenschappen eigenlijk is. De universiteit van Tilburg beschrijft onze studie als volgt:

‘Organisatiewetenschappen speelt in op de grote behoefte aan deskundigen die verstand hebben van complexe vraagstukken binnen organisaties. Denk daarbij aan fusies en overnames, het samenwerken in teams en efficiëntie en creativiteit van afdelingen.In tegenstelling tot een opleiding Bestuurskunde of Bedrijfskunde is Organisatiewetenschappen breder georiënteerd met veel aandacht voor sociale relaties en sociale processen binnen en tussen organisaties’

De studie kijkt naar de relaties die organisaties hebben met andere partijen, maar ook naar de relaties die gevormd worden binnen de organisatie. Je leert hier met sociologische, psychologische en economische perspectieven naar te kijken, wat ervoor zorgt dat je een sterk analytisch vermogen opbouwt. Daarnaast ga je al meteen vanaf je eerste jaar onderzoek doen bij echte organisaties. Hierdoor leer je niet alleen theorieën uit boeken, maar doe je ook praktische ervaring op.

Het vakkenpakket

Zoals net al aangegeven, leer je met verschillende perspectieven naar organisatorische problemen te kijken. Dit zie je goed terug in de vakken die worden aangeboden. Het eerste jaar staat vooral in het teken van een brede basis opbouwen. Je leert hier de belangrijkste principes vanuit sociologie, psychologie, economie en arbeidsrecht en maakt kennis met het vakgebied. In het tweede jaar zul je dieper ingaan op de theorieën vanuit de organisatiewetenschappen en leer je om vanuit verschillende invalshoeken een organisatie te bekijken. In het derde jaar zul je je verbreden door meerdere keuzevakken te volgen. Daarnaast ligt de focus vooral op onderzoek en integratie van de verschillende onderdelen van de studie, je gaat namelijk onder andere je eindscriptie schrijven.

Vakken die Organisatiewetenschappen goed karakteriseren zijn:

  • Innovation, Organization & Entrepreneurship
  • Organization Development
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Relations and Networks in Organizations
  • Research in Organizations
  • Strategie & Organisatie
  • Advies, Interventie & Evaluatie

Toekomstperspectief

Er is veel vraag naar mensen die verstand hebben van complexe vraagstukken binnen organisaties. Organisatiewetenschappers zijn vaak actief als beleidsadviseur, projectleider en organisatieadviseur/consultant. Naast staffuncties in bedrijven, non-profit en publieke organisaties zijn er ook uitstekende mogelijkheden als consultant bij een adviesbureau (Tilburg University, 2018). Als je klaar bent met deze studie is er gelukkig genoeg werk te vinden. Bijna 90% van de afgestudeerden heeft binnen 4 maanden een baan.

Meer weten?

Wil je nóg meer weten over de bachelor Organisatiewetenschappen. Kijk dan op de site van Tilburg University voor nog meer informatie: https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/nl/onderwijs/bacheloropleidingen/organisatiewetenschappen/

What is Global Management of Social Issues?

Global Management of Social Issues is a relatively new study. In 2015-2016, the first students started this bachelor. Global Management of Social Issues, or GMSI, is a study that combines three different academic disciplines: Organization Studies, Sociology and Human Resource Management.

GMSI belongs to the social faculty of Tilburg University, the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, like Organization Studies. You learn to approach complex, societal challenges from interdisciplinary en international angles. These so called challenges are also called 'wicked problems' and are the red thread through the whole study. You can think of subjects like climate change, the use of energy, terrorism and poverty.  

During the bachelor of Global Management of Social Issues, you learn to approach these issues, from different perspectives and cultures. Besides this, you learn to carry out projects and compose the right teams.

Study Program

The bachelor GMSI takes 3 years. In the first year you'll get introductory courses, of all three perspectives (sociology, organization studies and human resource management). These courses help you to get a grip on the wicked problems. Besides, you'll get an introduction to the courses that treat research methods, statistic courses. These will help you once you start writing your thesis. In the second year, you'll dive into the courses of the first year. You will also do a research practicum in which you can apply all the knowledge of the first year. In the last, and third year, you will use all the acquired knowledge during a relevant internship at an organization, which might be abroad, but that is not obligated. You can also do a project targeting one of the wicked problems, or follow minor courses. Minor courses are courses of your choice to add to your curriculum, which might also be done abroad.  Courses that characterize GMSI well are:

  • Introduction to Organization Studies
  • Human Resource Studies
  • Sociology
  • Wicked Problems
  • Project Management
  • International Organizations

Future perspective

Since the first GMSI students have not graduated year, it is hard to really say where you might get. However, the perspective of alumni is really broad, since the study is as well. Because you learn how to cope with things from multiple perspectives and areas of expertise, you acquire different competences that prepare you for an (international) career. This unique combination of HRM, OS and Sociology makes it possible to work at different organizations, departments and projects.

The department of GMSI sees the prospective alumni in consulting, advice and management jobs in the top of an organization. But you can also start as a fundraiser or projectmanager, or help to find a solution for poverty. You bring people together to get the most competent team to solve a complex problem!


Want to know more?

Do you want to know more about Global Management of Social Issues, or for example the masters? You can find this information on:

https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/nl/onderwijs/bacheloropleidingen/global-management-of-social-issues/

Masters & Minors

During your bachelor's studies, you will have room to choose from a large variety of minors. And once you have obtained your bachelor's degree, you may also choose from a wide selection of master's studies. This means you will have to figure out what you want to do and which opportunities there are for your ambitions. We know this can be a challenging prospect for students, so we have created a document which will help you navigate through your options. It contains general information which is useful for students of all year layers, as well as some more in-depth information about minors and masters.

Steer Your Career

If you are looking for in-depth information about different minor and/or master programmes, check out our Steer Your Career articles. These are also posted on our Instagram Stories and on our LinkedIn page.
Master

Information Management

During the Master’s in Information Management, you will be focusing on the interaction of IT, business, and organizational strategies. This involves information planning, project management, managing change and crisis situations, and keeping up with the latest technology. You will learn how to become the bridge between IT processes, strategic needs and day-to-day operations of the company. The regular Master’s program is a 1-year program worth 60 ECTS which can be started at the end of January, or at the end of August. Also, there are possibilities to follow an advanced Master's program in Information Management.
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Minor

Global Law and Business

During the minor Global Law and Business, you will learn to combine different legal systems and jurisdictions to solve transnational challenges. Global Law goes beyond the limits of one judicial system and considers solutions from other jurisdictions or from international law. This type of broad knowledge can be used when working in an organization where legal cases involve a range of different jurisdictions, perspectives and solutions.
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Minor

Economic Psychology

During the minor Economic Psychology you will learn how to use knowledge of economic and psychological reasoning to understand and influence consumer decisions and financial behaviors. During this minor, you will follow 3 courses in which you will learn more about organizational topics, such as economic Behavior, decision making related to marketing, and consumer psychology.
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Research Master

Social and Behavioural Sciences

During the Research Master in Social and Behavorial Sciences you will expand your knowledge and research skills in the social and behavioural sciences by means of methodological and statistical insights. You will study the central theme “Individuals in social contexts” based on one of the four specialized tracks (e.g. Organization Studies track). The research master prepares you for a career both in- and outside the academic field. You will get trained to successfully enter and finish a PhD Program, and you will be qualified for highly-level (research) positions.
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Minor

Entrepreneurship

During the Minor Entrepreneurship you will learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that is both valued by existing firms and for yourself if you want to set up and grow your own business. The courses provide you with insights, knowledge and skills which focus on an unique combination of perspectives on entrepreneurship; from start-ups to large corporations and across different industries.
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Master

Strategic Management

During the Master Strategic Management, you will learn to recognize business challenges and act upon them to ensure long-term success. The program provides you with the sophisticated knowledge and tools needed to make and implement the vital decisions every organization has to make. It offers the ultimate start for your future career in general management, consulting or entrepreneurship.
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Minor

Work and Organizational Psychology

The minor Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on business psychology, which provides solutions to human problems in work and organizational settings. During this minor, you will follow 3 courses in which you will learn more about organizational topics, such as the recruitment of employees, leadership and diversity at the workplace.
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Master

Data Science and Society

During the master Data Science and Society, you will learn to provide solutions for societal challenges with the use of complex data sets. You will study to become a Data Analyst who can combine statistics, programming and knowledge about legal and ethical issues related to data science. During this master, you can specialize in one of the four different tracks: Business, Governance, Media and Health. ‍
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