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Explore current research within a selected theme in Business Studies


Reading Course in Business Studies

7.5 credits




This course aims to develop students’ ability to overview, summarize, and analyze scientific literature regarding a selected research area within Business Studies. Gaining deeper understanding about current research issues is valuable for students with a thesis to write, as well as for students planning their career.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Skills that are in demand in all sectors Knowledge of Business Studies means you can work as an auditor, with marketing or with financing. You will have developed skills in how businesses can be organised, developed and renewed to survive on a competitive market. Business Studies can be combined with other subjects to broaden your competence. It is possible to work as a business administrator in almost all areas of society. Business Studies is therefore useful in all sectors and industries. After your studies, you can work in business administration for various types of companies and organisations. Business Studies provides skills that are beneficial in leadership positions. You will be able to follow and understand business developments, and be able to understand, explain and act in various organisational contexts. You will also gain innovative perspectives that will be useful in your private and professional life. What are former students doing now? Former students have different roles in multiple areas of business and public administration. Some of them run their own businesses. The ones who work in business administration are often on a career path, working their way up through an organisation. Others work in accounting, finances, budgeting and auditing, or in marketing, sales and purchasing, as well as in projects and review boards. Common workplaces include companies in services, trade and industry, or in banks, insurance companies, public authorities or organisations, or accounting and consulting agencies. Some also work for international companies and organisations. Read about research in this subject
In-depth study of current research in Business Studies The course’s main focus is on training and developing students’ ability to read academic articles, to synthesize arguments, and to write summaries thereof. By exploration of selected themes in current research students familiarize themselves with the process of academic writing, and how research evolves through discussions in publications. A theme is selected with, and approved by, the supervisor. Themes can start from for example some search terms, some particular academic journals, conferences held by a particular organization, etc. Through reading, writing, and discussions in class the theme develops until a final, written version is ready for assessment. Depending on the number of students, the work is done in pairs or individually. Course design Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars, and all teaching is in English. The course is assessed through active seminar participation and written assignments. Please note: Teaching takes place on campus until Christmas, digital seminars in the final part of the course.
Understand how organisations are built up, developed and renewed Business Studies is the right subject for you if you want to understand how organisations are built up, developed and renewed. The subject covers four areas: organisation and leadership, marketing, accounting and financing. You will study both private and public organisations. Businesses supply many of the goods and services we consume in our daily lives, so they have a vital role in society. Half of everything produced by Swedish companies is exported abroad, which is important for Sweden’s wealth. In a global economy, Swedish companies face competition from almost the entire world. Business Studies will give you tools to help businesses remain competitive on a global market. Companies are surrounded by a society in constant change. Business Studies covers entrepreneurship and innovation. Resourcefulness is necessary for new companies to be founded and for existing companies to survive. Entrepreneurship and innovation are therefore important areas of Business Studies. You will develop your ability to help companies survive by finding financing and making them profitable.