Course code AOS333

AOS333 Organization 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)
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: The last time this course is offered is the fall term of 2018, as part of AOS325 Modern Organizations. 
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Last time: 2019V
Course contents:
The development of organization theory from the 1900s until today, with a particular emphasis on new organizational forms emerging from the knowledge society and the sharing economy. Theories of the relationship between organizations and their environments.
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


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:
Lectures, discussions, and group assignments
Teaching support:
Continuous guidance in accordance with student needs.

Main textbook:

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

In addition, several articles and book chapters will be made available through Canvas.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Participation in group assignments is obligatory. The group assignments include presentations of sentral parts of the required readings through a Powerpoint presentation in class.

Work in groups occurs almost every day of the course.

The group assignments must be approved by the instructor in order for the student to take the final exam.

Written take-home exam accounting for 100% of the grade.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Reduction of credits:
5 credits with AOS325
Type of course:

3-4 hours per week until mid October. The course is organized into two intensive blocks.

The course begins at the start of the fall term and ends in mid October.

Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått