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2013/2014  BA-1OT  Organization Theory

English Title
Organization Theory

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, Second Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Michel Avital - Department of IT Mangement (ITM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 13-09-2013
Learning objectives
At the (2nd quarter) exam students should demonstrate:
  • Ability to account for required course reading 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:
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. 10 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

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 turningtheory 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 possiblepractical relevance and implications.

Teaching methods
Thematic lectures and student presentations
Expected literature

Hatch, M. Cunliffe, A. (2006), Organization Theory (2nd Edition) Modern, symbolic and postmodern perspectives Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Pugh, D. and Hickson, D.J. (2007). Writers on Organizations (6th edition), Sage Publications

Last updated on 13-09-2013