Specialization Semimar in Organizational Theory


Course Objective

Upon 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
based view);
• critically reflect on these theories, including their ethical
implications for
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,
how to
compensate employees and managers, whether to outsource activities,
whether to diversify).

Course Content

This 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 Methods

Two two-hour sessions per week for 6 weeks that combine lectures with
group discussions and student presentations.

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of the following elements:
• Examination: open questions (individual grade)
• Team work: assignment, presentation (group grade)
• Individual assignment (individual grade)


Course material is available on the Canvas of the course.

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.

Additional Information

This 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 knowledge

Course Business Theories in Perspective (Research MSc Business in

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_SSOT
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. P.R. Tuertscher
Examiner dr. F.M. Bridoux
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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