The course seeks to enable students to understand and address managerial and leadership challenges in practice on the basis of academic work on organizations. Students learn about theories on the purpose and fundamental challenges of organizations. They also learn about scholarly views regarding the motivations and behaviors of individuals in organizations. More importantly, the course stimulates students to reflect critically about these scholarly views and their application to the real world. Themes includes the design of effective organizations, the management of organizational change, as well as leadership and motivation. The course is taught mostly with real-world cases balanced with readings.