Business Theories in Perspectives


Course Objective

After successful completion of the course, students will:
1) Possess the basic academic knowledge of, and insight into, the
foundations of, and recent advancements in, business administration
2) Have started developing the ability to critically analyze and
evaluate business theories in writing, as well as verbally
3) Have started developing the ability to communicate in writing and
verbally about theories in business administration with fellow students
and researchers.

Course Content

This foundational course aims to provide students with an advanced
working knowledge of leading theories applied in the various subfields
within business research. It is structured to include both macro and
micro level theories, which will help students to better understand, as
well as to make the connections necessary for development of new
directions in, business research. As one of the first courses in the
research MSc BIS programme, it is also designed to develop students’
background in
business studies.

The course is structured in three sub-modules of two weeks each. One
module addresses theories based in sociology (e.g., institutional
theory, organizational ecology, and network theory). Another module
introduces the key theories in business studies that have their roots in
psychology (e.g., theories of motivation, emotions). And one module
covers the key theories coming from economics (e.g., agency theory,
transaction cost theories, evolutionary economics).

Teaching Methods

Weekly: Two 3-hour lectures per week. Each lecture will (a) introduce a
theory or a set of related theories, (b) place it in a historical
perspective, and (c) discuss recent utilization of the theory or set of
theories in business studies.

Method of Assessment

Students knowledge will be assessed based on:
- an individual three-hour examination with open questions (60%)
- weekly individual diary-inputs on assigned reading material (40%)

Conditions to pass the course:
The score for the individual examination, and the final grade, must be
5.5 or higher.
Attendance is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class will not
be allowed to take the examination.

In the case of a resit only the individual examination can be retaken;
Results obtained for the assignments will remain valid.


List of articles will be announced via Blackboard/Canvas, and students
are expected to come prepared.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this master’s programme and, upon approval of the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes, MSc Honours
or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_BTP
Credits 9 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. S.N. Khapova
Examiner prof. dr. S.N. Khapova
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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