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2021/2022  BA-BPOLO2005U  Organizational Analysis

English Title
Organizational Analysis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Marius Gudmand-Høyer - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organisation
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Sociology
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 10-09-2021

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Learning objectives
  • Identify, analyze and assess core concepts, models and theories of organizations
  • Compare, contrast and discuss core concepts, models and theories used in the study of organizations
  • Relate and apply concepts, models and theories to empirical evidence and cases
  • Construct and employ comprehensive, relevant and succinct forms of analysis in a well-reasoned manner using concepts drawn from organizational theory and based upon an understanding of competing perspectives.
Organizational Analysis:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-5
Size of written product Max. 25 pages
Group size of 3, 4 or 5 students
5 pages for each student = 15, 20 or 25 pages for the written product
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
5 pages per students and max 25 pages for a group of 5. Followed by an oral exam of 15 minutes per student.

It is possible to do the retake exam individually or as a group.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach


This course considers the building blocks of organizational theory and analysis as an academic discipline.  The course is designed to introduce students to fundamental questions and approaches to the study of organizations. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the ‘classic’ social science literature on organizations and to enable them to apply the central concepts to an analysis of empirical evidence and cases

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, group discussions, interactive group exercises and student presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
We try to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 102 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 36 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 70 hours
Last updated on 10-09-2021