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2011/2012  BA-1OT  Organization Theory, Module 1 and 2

English Title
Organization Theory, Module 1 and 2

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration Two Quarters
Course Period Autumn . Spring
2nd and 3rd quarters
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course Coordinator
  • Ioanna Constantiou - Department of Informatics
Main Category of the Course
  • Organization
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the 3rd quarter exam the students should demonstrate:
  • Ability to account for required course reading in module 1 and 2 and to illustrate points from the literature with examples from the case
  • Understanding of theoretical-empirical relationships, that is, ability to establish an explanatory relationship between theory and the exam case
  • Ability to carry out critical assessment of the scope of alternative theories and compare their relevance to the exam case
Organization Theory:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Winter Term
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
  • The exam is oral, individual and based on a 3rd quarter paper of max. 10 pages (22,750 taps), written in groups of 3-4 students. As the basis of the quarter paper the student groups develop a case study of an actual organization (in the 2nd module). The Quarter Paper must analyze the case using the required course readings from the two OT-modules.
  • Two internal examiners
Course Content

The aim of this course is to provide students with analytical tools and capabilities that will allow them to comprehensively examine the task of establishing wellfunctioning organizations. Incomplete knowledge of alternatives and consequences is assumed to be a prevailing condition. The course subscribes to the view that theorizing is an important organizational practice – for the members of business organizations as well as for the participants at our OT course. In both cases participants are typically working with assumptions or theories regarding organizations and their functioning. Successfully turning
theory into a practical resource or tool for further theorizing requires an ability to appreciate differences among the various theories. This includes furthering the ability to discuss and critically reflect upon the theories and their different – sometimes competing – assumptions, while paying due attention to their possible practical relevance and implications.
Class work contains three interrelated tracks:

1) The first track consists of thematic lectures that develop the core analytical themes of organization theory.

2) The second track consists in case-oriented work. In Module 1, students will be doing observation exercises in actual organizations as a way to develop an understanding of both the fundamental concepts of organizational theory and of their application in particular circumstances. Each group prepares and makes a presentation of the findings from the observation exercise. — In Module 2, students will develop an actual case (possibly based on work in Module 1) to be analyzed in the Quarter Paper.

3) The third track, i.e., the OT Method session aims to give a final edge to your analytical tools and capabilities before you embark on the task of solving the upcoming Quarter Paper assignment in Organization Theory.

Teaching Methods
Thematic lectures and student presentations

Please check the course literature on CBS Learn