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2012/2013  BA-1OT  Organization Theory, Module 1 and 2

English Title
Organization Theory, Module 1 and 2

Course information

Language English
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
  • Michel Avital - ITM
Main Category of the Course
  • Organization
Last updated on 30-08-2012
Learning objectives
At the 3rd quarter exam in Organization Theory 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:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
  • The exam is oral, individual and based on a 3rd quarter paper of max. 10 standard 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.
  • The assessment is made on the basis of an overall evaluation of the paper and the oral presentation.
  • Internal examiner and second internal examiner.
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. 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.
This is a hands-on course that requires students' engagement. Attendance and active participation in class discussions is not only expected, but also required for one's successfull realization of the course learning objectives

Teaching methods
Thematic lectures, in-class exercices, and student presentations
Expected literature

Please check the course literature on CBS Learn

Last updated on 30-08-2012