Organisation I 5212

Course Objectives

The course aims to provide students with knowledge and insight into the basic concepts and theories of how an organisation functions. Further, students will learn how to use concepts and theories in relation to practical situations or problems which occur in organisations.

Course Description

The course is divided into the following six main topics:

  • Basic concepts, perspectives and central questions in the field of organisation theory
  • The formal structure of organisations
  • Organisation culture
  • Power and conflicts in organisations
  • An organisation’s environment
  • Individual behaviour and group behaviour in organisations, communication and decision-making processes

Learning Methods

3-4 hours of instruction per week during the spring semester.

Assessment Methods

Written examination, 4 hours. During the course students will also answer two practical assignments with the help of the concepts and theories which are included in the course material. The assignments are not mandatory. The assignments should preferably be answered in groups of 5-6 students. The assignments should be submitted to the subject teacher who will provide comment and feedback. The aim of the assignments is to provide students with training in using the course material in relation to practical situations or problems which may be encountered in an organisation. The assignments will also provide students with important practical training in preparation for the examination.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Bergit Grivi <>, last modified Ian Hector Harkness - 26/04/2008