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2012/2013  KAN-ORCO  Organization and Communication

English Title
Organization and Communication

Course information

Language English
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, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Robyn Remke - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication
  • Organization
Last updated on 06-09-2012
Learning objectives
  • Describe and explain the preconditions, concepts, models, methods and theories introduced in the course including the CCO perspective.
  • 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:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner External examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
  • Group exam
  • The exam is an oral exam based on a scientific paper. Students will work in groups of 4-5 to complete an analysis of an empirical problem provided in class.
  • The paper must be of max. 25 standard pages. Students are expected to use course readings in their analysis.
  • The oral exam is a group exam based on the group analysis. Students are graded individually. The final grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
  • The oral exam is 20 minutes per student.

Re-Examination: Students who did not pass the regular examination must hand in a new report prior to the oral re-examination.

The re-examination/make-up- examination takes place in August.

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 from a communicative perspective. It is further the aim that students will develop their analytical competencies on relevant cases. Students will be introduced to some qualitative research methods and methodologies. The emphasis of the course, 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 provide 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.

The 10 week course highlights readings that address both theoretical perspectives within organizational communication and organizational empirical realties. The course emphasizes the pedagogical principle of participant-based learning, which requires active engagement of students. This includes participating in dialogue and discussion with other students as well as lecturers. 

Teaching methods
The module is taught in a combination of lectures, case presentations and discussions, and seminars.
Student workload
Lectures 90 hours
Preparations for lectures and workshop 162 hours
Exam Preparations 160 hours
Total 412 hours
Expected literature

Mumby, D. (2013) Organizational communication: A critical approach. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage.
Additional readings available in the CBS library or posted on LEARN. 
Short course compendium. 

Last updated on 06-09-2012