Course code AOS333

AOS333 Organization Theory

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2015 - 2016 .

Course responsible: Arild Wæraas
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
January block
Course frequency: Annual
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:
This course is organized around three perspectives; the rational, natural and open systems perspectives on organizations. Based on this division, an introduction to micro and macro theories of organizations is given, including theories of (1) organizational structure, culture, and action, and (2) the development of organizational fields and populations. 
Learning outcome:

General competence objectives:

- Understand basic principles for analyzing organizations on the basis of multiple perspectives

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

Knowledge objectives:

- Understand the evolution of organizational thought and its division into three main categories of perpectives on organizations. 

- Understand the difference between the three most comprehensive perspectives on organizations

- Understand how the evolution of organization theory is associated with broader technological and structural societal conditions

Skills objectives: 

- Apply multiple perspectives on central organizational problem areas and assess the limitations of each perspective

Learning activities:
Lectures, discussions, and group assignments
Teaching support:
Continuous guidance in accordance with student needs.
Scott, W. R. & G. F. Davies (2014): "Organizations and organizing: Rational, natural, and open systems perspectives¿. International edition. Harlow: Pearson Education. ISBN 9781292039886
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Group  assignments are mandatory.
One written in-class exam, which accounts for 100% of the grade.
Nominal workload:
150 hours (5 ETCS)
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått