Course ObjectiveUpon completion of this course students have the ability to:
• explain some of the main theories in the field of organization and
strategy (e.g., agency theory, transaction cost economics, resource
• critically reflect on these theories, including their ethical
practice, based on a good understanding of their strengths and
and comparing them with alternative theories;
• apply the theories discussed in the course to important issues faced
firms when organising in practice (e.g., how to structure activities,
compensate employees and managers, whether to outsource activities,
whether to diversify).
Course ContentThis course provides an understanding about how to organise productive
activities within and across the firm’s boundaries. To gain and sustain
competitive advantage in product markets, firms not only need to select
attractive markets and gain control over resources, but they must also
organise their productive activities in effective ways to maximize value
creation. This requires choices for strategies and organisational
that encourage coordination and cooperation among specialised
individuals and sub-units (groups, departments, strategic business
divisions, etc.). The course covers strategic organisation issues at
different levels, going from the level of the cooperative behaviours of
individual human actors, through the level of the organisation, to the
level of inter-firm relationships.
Teaching MethodsTwo two-hour sessions per week for 6 weeks that combine lectures with
group discussions and student presentations.
Method of AssessmentThe final grade consists of the following elements:
• Examination: open questions (individual grade)
• Team work: assignment, presentation (group grade)
• Individual assignment (individual grade)
LiteratureCourse material is available on the Canvas of the course.
Target AudienceDue 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.
Additional InformationThis course will be lectured every other year. This course will be
in during academic year 2018-2019; however, it will not be lectured
academic year 2019-2020.
Recommended background knowledgeCourse Business Theories in Perspective (Research MSc Business in
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||School of Business and Economics|
|Course Coordinator||dr. P.R. Tuertscher|
|Examiner||dr. F.M. Bridoux|
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