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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and 60 credits in Business Administration

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Max. 165 credits may be taken into account.

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • SS18 week 18-22, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

Understanding Organisations

Course 7.5 credits

The object of this course is to acquaint students with key perspectives in organisation theory and to teach them how to apply these theories. Skills in interpreting and decoding organisational phenomena from a variety of theoretical angles, as well as using tools from different theoretical traditions, are important prerequisites for productive analysis. The course examines a selection of central metaphors in organisation studies. The aim of the course is to develop rich metaphor and to train students in multi-faceted thinking, rather than to memorise or proselytise for a particular metaphor or theory.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2013

Course design

Teaching is in the form of seminars, and participation is mandatory. In case of absences from seminars, completion of alternative assignments is required.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student is able to

  • describe, compare and assess the major theoretical approaches to the study of organisations;
  • interpret and decode organisational phenomena from a variety of theoretical angles;
  • assess the applicability and limitations of each theoretical approach, and suggest refinements and alterations, whenever relevant;
  • apply given theoretical frameworks in the analysis of concrete cases;
  • develop and discuss multi-faceted models for organisational study, that combine and contrast different approaches.


The course evaluation is based on one presentation (oral and written) of one metaphor, one (oral and written) case presentation and active seminar participation.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2013

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