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2014/2015  BA-BISHO1002U  Organizational Analysis

English Title
Organizational Analysis

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 BSc in International Shipping and Trade
Course coordinator
  • Tor Hernes - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 19-05-2015
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  • Understand the concepts, theories and approaches presented in the course.
  • Analyze organizational situations, using concepts, theories and approaches discussed in the course.
  • Solve organizational problems, using the concepts, theories and approaches addressed in the course.
  • Formulate well-structured and compelling written and oral presentations on organizational issues, tailored to the needs of a specific audience.
Organizational Analysis:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January and Winter Term, The regular examination will take place in December. The retake and make-up examination will take place in January.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The study of organizations is an inter-disciplinary field, drawing on insights from psychology, sociology and anthropology as well as philosophical methodology. This course will provide you with a foundation in organizational analysis meaning analysis in and of organizations. The foundation will be built through investigation and practical application of the most relevant classic and contemporary research including the research conducted by the facuty and their colleagues.
Through this course you will: 1) develop an ability to understand, and explain important aspects of organizing and 2) apply theories from the course in a practical way to competently and strategically solve problems and be more effective organizational members (employees, leaders and managers) especially in the international and multi-cultural context of the maritime world.
Teaching methods
The journey through the organizational landscape will have tree reflective stops or elements. Based on a range of teaching methods and course materials, the concepts from the course will be introduced in class. As you exit the class room and enter your maritime context, you will apply these concepts in practice. After your practical application of the theories we will meet in class again and discuss what you found and learned. In this way there is a threefold division of the learning process: 1) classical organizational theory teaching, 2) practical application in maritime context and 3) discussion of learning output of the theory in practice exercise. This oral theory in practice exercise is performed in groups formed in the first session. The philosophy behind this design is that different kinds of learning appears in the classroom through presentation of different theories and in the field through application in practice and that the best results occur when these contexts and modes of learning are combined.

Guest speakers from maritime companies and visits to maritime contexts will allow us to obtain insight into how classical organizational management theories work in the maritime world: what are their weaknesses and what are their strengths - and how can you work with organizational issues in a maritime world on sea.
Student workload
teaching in class (3X13) 39 hours
field visit out of class (3x1) 3 hours
reading (3x14) 42 hours
qualifying oral group work (2x3) 6 hours
examining written individual report (1x48) 48 hours
general preperation 68 hours
Expected literature
The obligatory textbook is Clegg, S., Kornberger M., and Pitsis, T., 2011, Managing and Organizations. An Introduction to Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, London: SAGE.
Supplematary readings are classical and contemporary articles accessable through a link to the CBS library.
Last updated on 19-05-2015