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2020/2021  BA-BISHO1002U  Organizational Analysis

English Title
Organizational Analysis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Spring, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Shipping and Trade
Course coordinator
  • Christian De Cock - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 02-07-2020

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Learning objectives
At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  • Explain basic concepts of organizational theory as presented in the course and how they relate to one another
  • Understand the contributions and shortcomings of these concepts in organizational analysis
  • Discuss how different ways of managing may lead to different outcomes
  • Reflect critically on learning interventions (such as giving and receiving peer feedback, making presentations)
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, including the ability to present information together with analysis, argument and commentary
Organizational Analysis:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure


OBS: students who started before september 2019 and who did not pass the OA course, will be able to take the examination based on 2018's course description and curriculum, but the teaching will not be offered.


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course aims to familiarize you with basic concepts of organization, such as design and architecture, culture, leadership, and power. We will explore the ways these have been understood historically in organization studies and will ask you to engage critically with these concepts both individually and in groups while analyzing texts and cases and presenting them in class.


Beware that potential company visits are mandatory and or part of the course.

Description of the 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.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback are given in class during group work
Student workload
teaching in class (3X13) 42 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

Core Text: 

Buchanan, D. & Huczynski A. (2017). Organizational Behaviour (9th edition). Pearson: London.

Additional readings are all from:

 The Oxford Handbook of Management (2017):  Edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Steven J Armstrong, and Michael Lounsbury (Oxford University Press: Oxford)

Available online (with CBS login) from: http:/​/​www.oxfordhandbooks.com/​view/​10.1093/​oxfordhb/​9780198708612.001.0001/​oxfordhb-9780198708612

  1. Management – Past, Present, and Future: Adrian Wilkinson, Steven J. Armstrong, and Michael Lounsbury
  2. Scientific Management: Lucy Taksa
  3. Human Relations: Kyle Bruce and Chris Nyland
  4. Management as an Academic Discipline?: Damian O’Doherty and Christian De Cock
  5. Managing Meaning – Culture:  Violina P. Rindova and Santosh Srinivas
  6. Culture, Context, and Managerial Behaviour: Luciara Nardon
  7. Management and Leadership: Ronald E. Riggio
Last updated on 02-07-2020