Course code AOS130

AOS130 Introduction to Organisation Theory

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Course responsible: Arild Wæraas
Teachers: Are Vegard Haug
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
A maximum number of attending students may be set as a result of limited teaching facilities.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2003H
Preferential right:

Bachelor´s degree students in Business Administration and  Economics in addition 

Master´s degree students in Industrial Economics.

Course contents:
In the first part of the course, emphasis is placed on understanding different perspectives that are used in the study of organisations. The remaining academic content of the course is centred around the most central ideas of organisation theory: the surroundings, strategies, aims, technology, structure and culture of organisations. The composition of the course will to a large extent follow the contents of the textbook, combined with practical cases.
Learning outcome:
The primary learning goal is for students to gain knowledge on how organisations work. The specific learning goals are threefold: 1) Knowledge about the most central theories that are used when studying organisations and how these can be used to analyse practical problems and to help them navigate in organisations they come into contact with. 2) Practice analytical thinking and train the systematic investigation of organisations. 3) Develop critical attitudes towards organisational problems, especially the way these are portrayed in the media.
Learning activities:
Lectures, colloquia and exercises. Case studies.
Teaching support:
Teaching assistants will supervise the students throughout the seminars.
The lectures are considered to be part of the curriculum. Textbook: Jakobsen, Dag Ingvar og Jan Thorsvik: Hvordan organisasjoner fungerer. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. (3.ed.).
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Assignments. Participation in study groups. Students who arrive later than the second day of the course will be dismissed.
Final written examination (3,5 hours) counts 100%.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Seminars from 09:00 - 16:00 the first two weeks of the august semester
An external examiner will review the syllabys, assignments and exams.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått