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2017/2018  BA-BINMO1072U  Organization Theory

English Title
Organization Theory

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course 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
  • Information technology
  • Organization
  • Organisational behaviour
Last updated on 14-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Ability to account for the theories in the required course reading as well as class materials and to discuss the strength and weakness of those theories.
  • Ability to illustrate theories and ideas from the literature and the class by examples from the exam case as well as 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 exam
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 Autumn and Autumn
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.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback and further advice will be provided upon request on class exercises, group work, and oral presentations.
Student workload
Class lectures and exercises 24 hours
Class preparation 110 hours
Workshops 12 hours
Take-home written exam 60 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the literature on LEARN before they buy the books.


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)


Selected articles as listed in the course syllabus,

Last updated on 14-06-2017