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2010/2011  KAN-ORCO  Organization and Communication

English Title
Organization and Communication

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication
Course Coordinator
None at the moment
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication
  • Organization
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
  • • Describe and explain the preconditions, concepts, models, methods and theories introduced in the course
  • • Apply these preconditions, concepts, models, methods and theories to an analysis of specific organizational and communication-oriented problems/issues as well as developing solutions to these problems/issues
  • • Provide an account of the theoretical and applied (practice-oriented) interconnections between organizations and communication introduced in the course
  • • Reflectively consider (metatheoretically and critically) the preconditions, concepts, models, methods and theories introduced in the course, and the potential and limitations of these in theory and practice
Organization and Communication
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Summer Term and August
The exam takes the form of an individual oral exam (20 minutes) of the syllabus based on a written synopsis (4 pages) produced in groups consisting of 2-3 students. A group cannot deviate from a maximum of 3 students per group unless approved by the Study Board. The synopsis is included in the assessment.

Re-Examination: Students who did not passed the regular oral examination, attends a new individual oral examination.

Make-up Examination: Students who due to sickness, were not able to attend the regular examination, attends an individual oral examination. Students who due to sickness, were not able to hand in a synopsis, must hand a synopsis in prior to their individual oral examination.
Course Content

The purpose of this module is to provide insight into the scientific disciplines and directions which have shaped research on organizational communication. The aim is to provide students with knowledge of the key concepts, models and perspectives within communication theory, which are particularly directed towards the study of organizational communication. It is further the aim, that students will develop their analytical competencies on relevant cases. The emphasis, thereby, is placed on providing students with tools with which to analyze organizational and communication-oriented issues, and to evaluate the applicability of analytical methodologies to organizational practice.

The module further aims to provided students with an appreciation of the political (such as power-related) and organizational contexts within which communication analyses in organizations take place.

It is an important aim that students not only achieve theoretical knowledge of communication and organizations, but that students are also able to apply such knowledge directly and actively on specific empirical issues and practical situations. Specific emphasis is, therefore, placed on students’ ability to apply methodologies on the analysis of practical organizational and communication-related issues in an informed and reflective manner.

Teaching Methods
The module is taught in a combination of lectures, case presentations and discussions, and seminars.
Student Workload
Lectures 40 hours
Workshop 16 hours
Preparations 200 hours
Exam Preparations 194 hours

The readings for the course consist of a course book, a compendium, articles in the CBS Article Database (marked with *), and readings posed on CBSLearn. The course book is “Doing Critical Management Research” by Mats Alvesson and Stanley Deetz, Sage Publications: London, 2000 which together with the compendium is available at SL Books on the CBS Campus