Kurser Organisation and Organising

22040 Organisation and Organising , 5 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language

Organisation and organising is an advanced course in organization theory (OT). Rather than focusing on individual organization theories per se, the course addresses the diversity of the world of organisations. In the real world, organisations assume many forms beyond private corporations or public offices. In the world of theory, OT is practiced according to different scientific paradigms. The course discusses this heterogeneity via addressing several key themes in managerial and organizational thought and theory. Topics included in the course include those of the legacy of classical OT thinkers, the societal role of organisations, forms of coordination, culture and identity, power and control in organizations, organisational change, and the future of organising. Furthermore, the course tracks the evolution of organisational thinking in theory and managerial practice. The course explains how the various OT paradigms (i.e. functionalist, symbolic, interpretive, and critical) address the questions of organising from different premises and produce varying scholarly understanding of the course topics. The course ultimately enables an understanding of the world of management and work organization through an approach that situates those practices and imaginaries in their specific cultural-historical contexts.

Learning Goal

You have a comprehensive understanding of organisations and organising as cultural-historical phenomena. You are closely familiar with reading and analysing academic studies of organisations, organising and management, and have an expanded and critical overview of OT and its fields – Organisation Studies.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • recognize the contemporary impact and relevance of classical OT ideasecognize the contemporary impact and relevance of classical OT ideas
  • recognize and appreciate instances of organisation and organising beyond the formal bureaucracies of business firms and public services
  • identify and reflect a broad array of theoretical perspectives and approaches related to organisation and organising• search for recent scientific knowledge and debates on organisation and organising
  • independently and critically investigate and evaluate OT literature
International Learning Experience

International case studies analyzed and 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 / Entrepreneurship or equivalent courses.


Lectures 14 h, seminars 12 h (including presentation and discussion of course readings) and self-study 107 h (including readings, writing of short papers and a course essay, exam preparation)

Total Student Workload

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

Recommended Time of Performance

First year of Master's studies.


Class participation (points are given for active participation in seminars, constituting 10% of the final mark and total mark) Individual short papers on seminar readings (30%)
Course essay (30%)
Home exam (30 %)

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.

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

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