Organizational theory I
FÖ0473 Organizational theory I, 7.5 CreditsOrganisationsteori I
Education cycleFirst cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and Social Studies 1b or Social Studies 1a1+1a2.
ObjectivesThe aim in this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of organizational theory, including knowledge of different perspectives, concepts and models that are used to describe and discuss the organization of business ventures. The course will also contribute to the development of participants’ academic competencies, including critical thinking, academic discussion in oral and written form, and the ability to collaborate in groups.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe a firm’s structure, culture, leadership and strategy with concepts and models from organizational theory.
- Explain organizational change processes and decision-making.
- Explain organizations interaction with their environments, including their role in the sustainable use of bio-based natural resources.
- Demonstrate the ability to use basic concepts and models of organizational theory.
- Apply and discuss different perspectives of organization theory.
ContentThe course includes lectures, guest lectures, seminars and exercises. Activities are carried out both individually and in groups.
The course provides an introduction to theories and models that explain how people organize their activities and how an organized venture is part of its surroundings. Different theoretical perspectives are introduced, using practical examples from different areas of interest such as agriculture, forestry, and sustainable development.
Formats and requirements for examinationAttendance at compulsory guest lectures.
Approved participation in compulsory seminars.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.