Organization Theory

2018-2019

Course Objective

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH
Academic Skills (three As)
After successfully completing this course, the student
• Is able to put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view that
explain what organizations do and why a written format (Argumentation)
• Is able to recognize fundamental structures and to leave out
irrelevant information (Abstraction)

BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE
KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning
the relevant areas in international business administration
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• Can explain the basic theories, models and concepts of Organization
Theory
• Is able to make connections between those theories, models, and
concepts


APPLICATION: Can propose a solution to an international real-life
business problem by applying relevant theories and methodologies.
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• Is able to analyze a particular case by applying organization theories
• Is able to provide practical solutions to a case by applying
organization theories

SELF-AWARENESS – STUDENTS CAN EVALUATE OWN LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE AND
ACTIONS

After successfully completing this course, the student:
• has made well-founded decisions and can support those choices

Course Content

During this introductory course to organization theory we will start
unpacking the theoretical tools with which you can understand what an
organization is and how organizations function. We cover most
fundamental concepts and topics in organization theory, such as decision
making, innovation, and organizational change. In addition, we start
building the academic skills that you increasingly need when your
studies progress. Along the way, we go through various examples of
organizations - like factories in the 19th century industrial England,
contemporary prisons in the US, and the creative companies of the 21st
century - to put flesh on the bones of organization theories. Though our
focus is on general organization theories that can be applied across
different organizational and national contexts, we explicitly discuss
international business related theories such institutional theory.

Teaching Methods

Lectures
Tutorials

Method of Assessment

Written exams – Individual assessment
Written assignment (essay) – Individual assessment
Group assignment – group assessment
Mandatory attendance and paricipation in tutorials – Individual
assessment

Literature

Book:
Clegg, Stewart R., Martin Kornberger, and Tyrone S. Pitsis. 2016.
Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. 4th
edition. London: Sage Publications.

General Information

Course Code E_IBA1_ORGT
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. R.A. Ruotsalainen
Examiner dr. R.A. Ruotsalainen
Teaching Staff J.L. Janssen
dr. R.A. Ruotsalainen
J.B. de Roo MSc
S. Oskan

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
Target audiences

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