22040 Organisation and Organising, 5 cr

Advanced studies
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Course Description: 

Organization and organizing is an advanced course in organization theory. Instead of focusing on organization theories per se, it focuses on various forms of organization and modes of organizing and addresses several theoretical perspectives in organization theory through them. Among the topics covered are organizational fads and fashions, partial organization, organizing as process, and organizational control. The course builds on the following premises: organizations are not stable entities in and out of themselves but always in a state of ‘becoming’; organizations come in a much greater variety than the discourses of profit-maximizing listed companies or public bureaucracies makes us believe; organizing is both intervention to ‘tame’ unpredictability and complexity, and collective action to accomplish some purpose; and, organizing is necessarily imbued with values and normativity.

Learning Goal: 

You have a broad knowledge of organizations and organizing as phenomena. You have an expanded and critical overview of organization theory.

After completing the course, you will be able to: 
  • recognize and appreciate instances of organization and organizing beyond the formal bureaucracies of business firms and public services
  • identify and reflect a broad array of theoretical perspectives and approaches related to organization and organizing
  • search for recent scientific knowledge and debates on organization and organizing 
  • independently and critically investigate and evaluate organizational theory literature
International Learning Experience: 

International case studies discussed in the readings. The course emphasizes the strong international academic understanding of examined phenomena.


Completed bachelor thesis in your major and 10 credits in Management and Organisation AND completed course 22030 Introduction to Organisation Theory or equivalent course in intermediate studies.

Total Student Workload: 

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 26 h
Non-scheduled work: 108 h


Lectures 14 h, seminars 12 h (including presentation of readings) and self-study 107 h (including readings, writing of reading diaries, and preparation of seminar presentations)

Literature and Course Material: 

Obligatory course readings include journal articles and book chapters, to be announced through Moodle. Additional course literature may be provided during the course.

Supplementary readings:

  • Clegg, S. R., Hardy, C., Nord, W. R. & Lawrence, T. B. (Eds.). (2006). The Sage Handbook of Organization Studies. (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage.
  • Barry, D. & Hansen, H. (2008). The SAGE handbook of new approaches in management and organization. London: SAGE.
  • Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. & Land, C. (2014). The Routledge companion to alternative organization. Abingdon: Routledge.

Active class participation (points are given for attendance)
Presentation of articles in seminars
Individual reading diaries

At least 50 per cent (‘pass’) is required for all the elements of the assessment in order to pass the course. Please note that the points you receive for the sub-parts are valid only this academic year.

Recommended Time of Performance: 

First year of Master's studies

Equivalent Courses: 

Students who have completed the earlier course 2292 Organisation and Organising (8 credits) cannot take this course.

Non-degree studies (Open University, JOO and Contract Studies): 

Open university quota: 3
Quota for JOO-students: 3