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2013/2014  KAN-SOL_OS49  Organizing Processes

English Title
Organizing Processes

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, Second Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Tor Hernes - Department of Organization (IOA)
Course responsible: Tor Hernes (th.ioa@cbs.dk)
Course secretary: Mette Ellekrog (mbe.ioa@cbs.dk)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 05-08-2013
Learning objectives
At the exam the students must be able to:
  • Critically reflect on implications of the theories of organizing processes and technologies for managing in organizations
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of theories of sensemaking and framing, and how they relate to each other
  • Account for how the theories in the course may be used to understand the dynamics of organizing processes
  • Account for various perspectives on technology and organizing
  • Identify and analyze how different types of technologies are constitutive elements of Strategy-making, Organizational practices, and Leadership/management
Course prerequisites
Organizing Processses must be taken together with the course Organizing Technologies as they have a common exam
Organizing Technologies in conjunction with Organizing Processes:
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 Group exam, max. 5 students in the group
The oral exam is individual and based on the group project.
Ordinary exam takes place in December/January.
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
10 pages for a single student
Assignment type Project
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
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period December/January and December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student is ill during the oral exam, he/she will be able to re-use the project at the make-up exam. If the student was ill during the writing of the project and did not contribute to the project, the make-up/re-exam project can be written individually or in groups (provided the other students are taking the make-up/re-exam). If the student did not pass the regular exam, the examiner decides whether a new or revised project, must be handed in to a new deadline specified by the line secretariat. Reexam takes place in Feb/March.
Course content and structure

The course views organizing as an ongoing process of applying various means in order to create social commitment towards organizational aims. Commitment evolves through what is called sensemaking processes consisting of actions and interpretations among various people. Management of organizing process takes place as attempts by management to “frame” sensemaking among organizational members. Management may resort to three different types of framing, called material, social and cognitive. The course explains how each of these framing types impacts differently on sensemaking in the organization. A specificity of the view of framing and sensemaking is that represent ongoing activity, i.e. it is never finished, moreover that every attempts at framing entail what is referred to as “overflows” leading to new framing attempts in turn. The main goal of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the theories behind organizing processes and to use those theories to understand the dynamics and to be able to comprehend managerial implications.

Overlap with Organizing theories (OT)
Both Organizing Processes (OP) and Organizing Technologies (OT) focus on the role of various of technologies in maintaining and transforming organizations. OT concentrates on the role of technologies, and draws extensively on Actor-network Theory. OP includes technologies in a narrower sense, by focusing on material framing of organizing processes. The theories used in OP are analytically consistent with those used at OT. The OP and OT courses are integrated in a shared workshop.

Teaching methods
Dialogue-based lectures and case discussions. A workshop will be held with Organizing Technologies.
Expected literature

Orlikowski (1996) Improvising organizational transformation over time: A situated change perspective.Information Systems research 7(1):63-92.
Weick, Karl E. (2001) Sensemaking in Organizations: Small Structures with Large Consequenses in Making sense of the organization.  Ch 1 (pp 5-31)
Callon, M., (1998), 'An essay on framing and overflowing: economic externalities revisited by sociology', in Callon, M., (Ed.), The Laws of the Markets, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 244-269.
Hernes, Tor (2004) Studying composite boundaries  : A framework of analysis. Human Relations 57(1):9-29.
Trist, Eric, and Ken Bamforth (1951) Some Social and Psychological  Consequencesof the Longwall Method of Coal Getting. Human Relations 4:3.
Rothschild-Whitt, Joyce (1979)  The collectivist organization: An alternative to rational-bureaucraticmodels. American Sociological Review 44:509–27.
Chen, Cathrine K. (2009) Enabling creative chaos. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. (240 pages)

Last updated on 05-08-2013