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2013/2014  BA-4CCP  The Company from a Contextual Perspective

English Title
The Company from a Contextual Perspective

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Liv Egholm Feldt - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 14-01-2014
Learning objectives
The student must be capable of
  • Identify and compare concepts and theories covered in the curriculum
  • Identify and discuss characteristics of the relations between organizations and their contexts.
  • Account for how contextual elements form, hinder and/or spur organisational development.
  • Identify and explain strengths and weaknesses in the approaches applied during the course.
  • Select, apply and explain the course’s concepts and theories introduced during the course in an empirical analysis of one or more organizations in the second year project.
Course prerequisites
The courses 3AOA, 3QLM, 4CCP, and 4MM have one intergrated exam. The exam is 30 ECTS. You can only participate in 4CCP if you also register for the other courses: 3AOA, 3QLM, and 4MM.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
Participation in the workshop in the course Qualitative Methods is mandatory in order to participate in the second year project. If a student is unable to participate in the workshop, due to illness, the makeup examination is a 10-page home assignment which is to be approved by the course coordinator. For more details, see separate guidelines.
Second year project on organisational analysis, contextual company perspective, and research methods:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 40 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up examination and re-examination
The re-take takes place according to the same rules as the regular examination. However, the following supplementary rules apply:

•For projects where some of the group members are awarded the grade 00 or below at the oral examination, the failed students must submit individually, before the re-take, 2-3 pages on aspects of the project, as specified by the internal examiner.
•For projects where all members are awarded the grade 00 or below at the oral examination, the overall project is deemed unacceptable. Before the re-take, the project must be revised and improved. For supervision in this respect, the internal examiner will give a brief written critique of the project within eight working days after the regular oral examination.
Description of the exam procedure
  • The two third semester courses ’Qualitative Methods’ and ’Applied Organizational Analysis’ and the two fourth semester courses ’Mixed Methods’ and ’The Company in a Contextual Perspective’ are assessed at the second year project examination.
  • The examination is an individual oral examination of 30 minutes, including the examiners’ discussion and awarding of the grade. It is based on the second year project, but the syllabi of the four courses assessed at this examination may be drawn in by the internal examiner.
  • The student will be awarded one grade according to the 7-point grading scale, reflecting an overall assessment of the project, the oral presentation and the defence. The student’s proficiency in spelling and fluency in writing will also be taken into account in the assessment. However, most emphasis will be put on the academic content. 

Learning objectives for the exam
On completion of the course, the student must be capable of explaining, comparing, and integrating the course’s concepts and theories as well as illustrative cases. Integration involves the ability to construct an argument that logically utilises the course’s concepts and theories, and explain how the course’s concepts and theories are rooted in empirical studies.

The student should demonstrate ability to:
  • work in an interdisciplinary way,
  • formulate, delimit and analyse an academic problem,
  • select and apply theories and methods relevant to the project,
  • select and apply fundamental qualitative methods and some mixed methods,
  • show practical knowledge of fundamental organisational analysis and theories about evaluation and assessment, and
  • structure the layout and present the material in a clearly formulated and accessible way in terms of both language and content.
Course content and structure

Aim: This course presents fundamental theories and empirical studies on a company’s placement within its market and industry as well as the opportunities and challenges this presents. Specific themes include: 

  • The company and its immediate environment
  • The company’s competitive relationships
  • The company’s collaborative relationships
  • Learning in business relationships
  • Industrial dynamics and development
  • The company’s market orientation
  • Cost management in business relationships
  • Knowledge management and development in business relationships.
Teaching methods
See material on LEARN
Last updated on 14-01-2014