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2022/2023  BA-BSOCO1821U  The Company from a Contextual Perspective

English Title
The Company from a Contextual Perspective

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
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 in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Stina Teilmann-Lock - Department of Business Humanities and Law
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 01-07-2022

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Learning objectives
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to identify and discuss the organisation in contextual perspective. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • Identify and compare concepts and theories covered in the course syllabus
  • Analyse companies' relationships with internal and external contexts
  • Account for ways that social and environmental challenges affect organisational development in local and/or global settings
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses in analytical frameworks and approaches studied during the course
The Company From a Contextual Perspective:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The course 'The Company in a Contextual Perspective' is examined in the following way: Students are provided with three essay questions. Each student chooses one question and answers it. The student is expected to draw upon the literature from the course and to engage with it. At least one out of the three exam questions includes the possibility of working with a case, thus enabling students to do case-based work, if they wish to do so. The exam questions are formulated by the course coordinator. 

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course offers an introduction to theories and empirical cases that cast light upon a company’s position within a given market and industry and explores the opportunities and constraints associated with it. Specific themes include:

  • The company and its external environment
  • Societal challenges that confront companies
  • Formal and informal organisation
  • Organisational design
  • Processes and forms of change in companies for producing and protecting 


  • International Business
  • Organisational responses to global dynamics
Description of the teaching methods
The course includes the following teaching methods:
Case-based work
Guest lectures when possible
Blended learning
Feedback during the teaching period
During the course feedback will be given in one or more of the following ways: 

1) oral feedback by the lecturer in the context of student presentations of case studies in class,

2) peer feedback based on criteria set by the lecturer in connection with cooperative learning elements, and

3) peer feedback and collective feedback based on criteria set by the lecturer on written assignments
Student workload
Lectures 38 hours
Preparation for classes (6 h per class) 76 hours
Preparation of exam 60 hours
Exam 18 hours
Diverse 14 hours
Expected literature

The course literature consists of a collection of academic journal articles. These are available on-line or via the CBS Library.

Last updated on 01-07-2022