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2015/2016  KAN-CKOMO1049U  Organization and Communication

English Title
Organization and Communication

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Anne-Marie Søderberg - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Organization
Last updated on 10-12-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • 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:
Exam ECTS 15
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 exam is an oral exam based on a scientific paper. Students will work in groups of 3-5 to complete an analysis of an empirical communicative problem.
The paper must be of max. 20 standard pages. Students are expected to use course readings in their analysis. If a student writes alone, the paper must be of max. 15 standard pages.
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 1 hour per group, 20 minutes per student if the student writes alone.
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
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
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Re-Examination: Students who did not pass the regular examination must hand in a new report prior to the oral re-examination.
Course content and structure

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 an organizational perspective. It is further the aim that students will develop their analytical competencies on empirical studies. Students will be introduced to 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 important  that students not only achieve theoretical knowledge of communication and organizations, but that they are also able to apply such knowledge directly and actively on specific empirical issues and practical situations.

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

Teaching methods
The module is taught in a combination of lectures and tutorials with exercises and discussions in smaller groups.
Student workload
Lectures 90 hours
Preparations for lectures and tutorials 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 10-12-2015