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2019/2020  BA-BDMAO2023U  Digital Organization

English Title
Digital Organization

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
BSc in Digital Management
Course coordinator
  • Mari-Klara Stein - Department of Digitalisation
  • Michel Avital - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Organisation
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 08-11-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Ability to describe the organizational theories in the required course readings as well as class presentations and to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of those theories.
  • Ability to illustrate ideas from organizational theories in a digital context by examples from the exam case.
  • Ability to carry out critical assessment of the scope of alternative organizational 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.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
Two written assignments. The students will have to pass one out of two to take the final exam. There will not be any extra attempts provided to the students before the ordinary exam.
Digital Organization:
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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Same as normal exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

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 are not only expected but also required for one's successful realization of the course learning objectives.


The course covers theories related to organizational structure, technology, culture, decision-making and management, among others. Digitalization and its impact on organizing will be considered as a running theme throughout the course. 

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching will be based on thematic lectures, field research, in-class exercises, and student presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is an integrated part of the course. Two mandatory written assignments (pass/fail) allow students to get feedback on their progress during the course (before the exam). Workshop classes are interactive and oriented towards students being able to freely discuss any challenges they encounter with the course material.
Student workload
Preparations for class 110 hours
Class lectures and exercises 24 hours
Workshops 12 hours
Exam preparations 60 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

Required textbooks: 

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


Hatch, M.J. & Cunliffe, A.L. (2018).  Organization Theory Modern, symbolic and postmodern perspectives (4th edition), Oxford University Press. (Note: earlier editions may work too)

+ selected journal articles

Last updated on 08-11-2019