Course code AOS325

AOS325 Modern Organizations

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Course responsible: Arild Wæraas
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually. Note that the course is not offered autumn 2019.
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
Master in Business Administrations
Course contents:

- The development of organisation theory from the early 1900s until today, with a particular emphasis on organisational forms in the knowledge society and the sharing economy, as well as theory on the relationship between organisations and their environments.

- From institutions and institutionalisation processes to Scandinavian neoinstitutionalism, knowledge transfers, and translations.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge goals:

Students should:

- Have knowledge of the development of organisation theory from close to open systems perspective, with a particular emphasis on new organisation theory

- Have knowledge of the differences between "old" and "new" organisational forms

- Understand the main features of an institutional perspective on organisations 


Students should be able to:

- Apply several theoretical perspectives to central organizational problems

- Identify the most important limitations of the perspectives

- Present the theories in a short and understandable manner

General competence goals

Students should:

- Reinforce their analytical competence

- Strenghten their critical thinking

- Acquire a scholarly platform for learning other courses, particularly within the fields of organization and management 

Learning activities:



Group assignments and presentations


Scott, W. R. & G. F. Davis (2007/2015): Organizations and Organizing. Rational, Natural, and Open Systems Perspectives. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Chapters 1-5, 6 (p. 144-146), 7 (p. 152-155), 9-10 og 13 (p. 340-354)

In addition to this book, students will be required to purchase a collection of book chapters and articles at the university bookstore (Boksmia). 

AOS130 or similar.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

A written mid-term assignment will be graded pass/fail. 

Group assignment participation, which comprises presentations of central parts of the requires readings. The group assignment must be passed before taking the final exam.

Written take-home exam accounting for 100% of final grade.
Nominal workload:
Total work load is estimated to 300 work hours.
Entrance requirements:
The course is intended for master students at NMBU.
Reduction of credits:

5 credits with AOS333.

5 credits with AOS320.

Notice that the course will not be offered in autumn 2019. The course will be offered next time autumn 2020.
An external examiner will assess the curriculum and principles for evaluation. Grades will be set by the teacher.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F