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2014/2015  BA-BINMU1012U  Organization Theory

English Title
Organization Theory

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Michel Avital - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 16-07-2014
Learning objectives
At the exam assignment students should demonstrate:
  • Ability to account for and discuss the theories in the required course reading as well as class materials
  • Ability to illustrate theories and ideas from the literature and the class by examples from the exam case.
  • Understanding theoretical-empirical relationships, that is, the 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 to compare their relevance to the exam case.
  • Ability to gain new insights through a selective application of multiple theories in a critical assessment of the exam case.
Organization Theory:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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 course is designed to provide students with analytical tools and capabilities that will allow them to examine comprehensively the task of establishing well-functioning organizations. The course promotes the view that theorizing is an important organizational practice and that knowledge of alternatives and their consequences is the key for understanding organization and organized action. 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 successful realization of the course learning objectives.


Teaching methods
Teaching will be based on thematic lectures, field research, in-class exercises, and student presentations.
Expected literature

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

Hatch, M.J. & Cunliffe, A.L. (2012).  Organization Theory Modern, symbolic and postmodern perspectives (3rd edition), Oxford University Press. (Note: second edition may work too)

Last updated on 16-07-2014