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Course: Advanced Organisation Theory

Business studies / Economics and Business Administration
master course
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Detailed description of content

The course in advanced organization theory builds on the insights that was achieved in the basic course in organization theory. The course is however different from and more advanced because it focuses upon classical themes in organization theory seen in the light of newer theories and discussions within the area of organizational studies (the relationship between the organization and the environment, structure, culture etc.). It is also different from the basic course because it trains the students in reading original texts – including articles – within the organizational studies area. The aim being to prepare students for analyzing, identifying problems and designing suggestions for interventions in organizations when writing projects and in their future practice as employees in an organization. To illustrate the possibilities of practical application of organization theory in problem situations in companies the different theoretical themes treated in the course will be related to selected types of change situations where the different theories are relevant for solving problems for employees and leaders in organizations.

Expected work effort (ects-declaration)

The course is equivalent to 5 ECTS – that is 135 student working hours covering the following activities:

Lectures in class: 20 hours

Other activities (exercises etc.): 5 hours

Preparation: 62 hours

Exam: 48 hours

Hours in total 135 hours

Course material and reading list

The course literature consists of classical and newer original texts including research articles from the RUC library´s external databases and selected book chapters related to the themes of each of the ten lectures of the course. Each semester the curriculum of the course is adjusted by the lecturer responsible for the course taking classical themes as well as ongoing scientific discussions and developments in organization studies into account. The detailed description and curriculum of the course may be found on the course home page on Moodle.

Evaluation- and feedback forms

Through discussions and explanations of exercises as well as dialogue about and explanations of questions related to the curriculum and content of lectures. After exam, the students who want a more elaborate explanation of the background for the grading of their exam essay may visit the lecturer responsible for the course in his office hours. In order to assure a sufficient learning outcome of such a meeting it is a precondition for the meeting to be held that the student send his/her own short written evaluation of the students own exam essay/answer compared to the exam question and the goals/aims and evaluation criteria of the course to the lecturer before the meeting. The goals and evaluation criteria of the course may be found in the description of the course on kursus.ruc.dk and in the detailed description of the course on Moodle. Moreover the evaluation criteria was presented in slides at the introductory lecture. These slides may be accessed through the website of the course on moodle.

Administration of exams
ISE Studyadministration (ise-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
The responsible course lecturer
John Damm Scheuer (jods@ruc.dk)
Type of examination

Individual written take-home assignment given by the lecturer.

The take-home assignment may not exceed 14,400 characters in length, including spaces.

The size specifications include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The take-home assignment must be done within 48 hours, including any potential weekends and holidays.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.

Moderation: External examiner.


Same as ordinary

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding:

    About advanced theories on organisations and organisation

  • About recent contributions to organisational theory and sociology

  • About the contributions made by organisational theory to problem-oriented analysis of complex research questions in businesses and organisations

  • Skills:

    Analysing organisations’ complex questions in relation to relevant recent theories that apply

  • Having discussions based on insights into both a concrete description of the organisation and a scientific perspective, including the associated analysis strategies

  • To respond in a meaningful way to chaotic situations by identifying the actions that can be taken in the context

  • Compentences:

    Discussing and developing analysis designs using organisational theory

  • Reflecting on the business's organisational situation using theoretical concepts

  • Formulating well-reasoned and problem-oriented considerations in relation to the field of organisational theory

Overall content

The course will focus on recent theories about organisations and organisation and demonstrate what can be gained by using the relevant perspectives in connection with narrowing down the subject area and problem. Advanced organisational theory is to increase the understanding of how organisational perspectives also define the selection of analysis strategies.

Prerequisites for participation
Currently no data from curriculum.
Prerequisites for participation in the exam
Currently no data from curriculum.
Teaching and working methods

A number of lectures lasting 2-4 hours will be held and a number of exercises will also be carried out. For the exercises, the students will prepare analyses that, if relevant, relate to their common combined subjects - they will attempt to include concrete examples from the teaching from an organisational theory perspective. At least one of the exercises must include an analysis of multi-faceted and contradictory situations.

Type of course

Mandatory course

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U40150
Last changed 14/02/2020

lecture list:

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Wednesday 12-02-2020 14:15 - 12-02-2020 16:00 in week 07
Advanced Organisation Theory

Wednesday 19-02-2020 14:15 - 19-02-2020 16:00 in week 08
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Wednesday 26-02-2020 14:15 - 26-02-2020 16:00 in week 09
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Wednesday 04-03-2020 14:15 - 04-03-2020 16:00 in week 10
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Wednesday 11-03-2020 14:15 - 11-03-2020 16:00 in week 11
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Wednesday 18-03-2020 14:15 - 18-03-2020 16:00 in week 12
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Wednesday 25-03-2020 14:15 - 25-03-2020 16:00 in week 13
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Wednesday 01-04-2020 14:15 - 01-04-2020 16:00 in week 14
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Wednesday 15-04-2020 14:15 - 15-04-2020 16:00 in week 16
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Wednesday 22-04-2020 14:15 - 22-04-2020 16:00 in week 17
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Tuesday 28-04-2020 10:00 - Thursday 30-04-2020 10:00 in week 18
Examination: Advanced Organisation Theory

Thursday 13-08-2020 10:00 - Saturday 15-08-2020 10:00 in week 33
Re-examination: Advanced Organisation Theory