AOS325 Moderne organisasjoner


Ansvarlig fakultet:Handelshøyskolen

Emneansvarlig:Astrid Charlotta Levay

Campus / nettbasert:Undervises campus Ås

Undervisningens språk:Engelsk


Forventet arbeidsmengde:Total work load is estimated to 250 work hours.

Undervisnings- og vurderingsperiode:This course starts in the Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the Autumn parallel, .

Om dette emnet

Kurset blir gitt på engelsk med engelsk pensum, derfor foreligger kursbeskrivelsen kun på dette språket.

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to advanced analysis of contemporary organisations and organising. In today’s world, organising takes place not just within separate organisations but as much in between an across them. To navigate in such contexts, it is important to understand how organisations interact with their environment, which is largely made up of other organisations, such as corporations, government agencies, and transnational advisory bodies. In this course, we study what goes on in these intricate processes. We explore, contrast, and apply different theoretical perspectives, including both established and more recent approaches.

The course first considers classic models of organisations as closed systems. It then traces the evolution of new models of organisations as open systems that seek internal cultural accord as well as external legitimacy. Students get to practice systematic and reflective organisational analysis, which is essential to identifying and dealing with specific organisational problems and opportunities.

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After completing the course, students should:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the main approaches in organisation theory.
  • Show nuanced understanding of the development of organisation theory from closed to open systems perspectives.
  • Show solid grasp of the main features of major perspectives on organisations.


After completing the course, students should:

  • Show ability to apply diverse theoretical perspectives to central organisational problems.
  • Display awareness of the implications and limitations of the different perspectives.
  • Demonstrate capacity to present advanced organisation theory in a clear and concise manner.

General competencies

After completing the course, students should:

  • Demonstrate analytical competence and ability to reflect critically on social phenomena.
  • Show ability to work individually and as a member of a group to analyse complex problems.
  • Show ability to communicate in English on organisational issues, both verbally and in writing.
  • Lectures, seminar discussions, individual hand-in, and groupwork with presentations at seminars.
  • Scott, W. R., & Davis, G. F. (2016). Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural, and Open System Perspectives. International Student Edition. London: Routledge. Course pack with articles and book chapters available on Canvas.
  • AOS130 Introduction to Organisation Theory, or similar.
  • Individual written exam (3,5 hours) in the examination period. The exam must be written in English and counts for 100% of the grade. There will also be a resit exam.

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  • An external examiner will assess the curriculum and principles for evaluation. Grades will be set by the teacher.
  • Attendance at the first lecture.

    An individual, written assignment and a group assignment which comprises presentations at seminars. The individual assignment and the group assignment must be in English, and both assignments must be approved before taking the exam.

  • Incoming exchange students are welcome to contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business ( for admission to the course.

    Note! Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory.

  • The course has a combination of lectures and seminars, a total of 4 hours per week.
  • 5 studiepoeng med AOS333

    5 studiepoeng med AOS320

  • The course is intended for master's students at NMBU.