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Theoretical approaches to the study of organisations

Course

Understanding Organisations

7.5 credits

AS2019 / AS2019 / SS2020 / SS2020

100%

Campus

 This course surveys a selection of central perspectives in organisation theory, and their application in theory generation and analysis of organisational phenomena. The primary aim of the course is to deepen the understanding of the basic perspectives of organisation theory and their application in the theoretical analysis of empirical examples.

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
Decoding organisational phenomena from a range of perspectives On this course, you will learn to describe, compare and assess the major theoretical approaches to the study of organisations, as well as to interpret and decode organisational phenomena from a variety of theoretical angles. For each theoretical approach, you will assess its applicability and limitations, suggesting refinements and alterations where relevant. You will also apply given theoretical frameworks in case analyses, and develop and discuss multi-faceted models for organisational study that combine and contrast different approaches. Course design The course is taught through mandatory seminars and examined on the basis of an oral and written presentation of one metaphor, one case presentation and your participation in the seminars.
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.