Course code AOS130

AOS130 Introduction to Organisation Theory

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Course responsible: Arild Wæraas
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: Study year 2003-2004
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 some of the most central ideas of organisation theory: tasks and functions, organisational culture, structure, power, and management. The second part of the courses addresses organisational environments and how they shape organisations.
Learning outcome:


After completing this course, the student shall possess basic knowledge of topics and issues concerning the functioning and design of modern organisations. The students shall also possess knowledge of the history of organisational thinking, its development and key charateristics.


After the completed course, the student shall be able to:

- Explain the concept of formal organisation and describe the purpose of organisation as well as explain the difference between formal and informal organisation

- Explain the concept of formal organisational structure, describe the different types of structures that are common today, and identify the effects of these structures on organisational performance and functioning

- Explain the concepts of goals, strategcy, vision, value, and production system, give examples and describe their role in modern organisations

- Explain the concept of organisational culture and describe the elements that constite organisational culture, their role in modern organisations, and how they shape organisational performance and functioning

- Explain the concept of organisational environments and describe the elements that constitute these environments, the types of environments, and how these shape organisational performance and functioning

Learning activities:
Lectures, colloquia and exercises. Case studies.
Teaching support:
Teaching assistants will supervise the students throughout the seminars.
The contents of the lectures are a part of the curriculum in addition to the following textbook: Jakobsen, Dag Ingvar og Jan Thorsvik: Hvordan organisasjoner fungerer. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. (4th ed.).
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Group assignments and participation in study groups. Students who show up after the 2nd day of the course will be dismissed.

If the mandatory activities are passed, you do not have to hand in the assignments again and participate in study groups next time the course is organized.

Final written in-class examination (3,5 hours) accounts for 100% of the grade.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures and seminars from 09:15 - 16:00 in the August term. 
An external examiner will review the syllabus, assignments and exams.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått