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Organizational theory I

FÖ0473 Organizational theory I, 7.5 Credits

Organisationsteori I

Syllabus approved



Business Administration

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and Social Studies 1b or Social Studies 1a1+1a2.


The 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.


The 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 examination

Attendance at compulsory guest lectures.
Approved participation in compulsory seminars.
Approved assignments.
Passed examination
  • 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.

Other information

  • 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.

Responsible department

Department of Economics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: Delar av FÖ0453
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural Business and Economics Forest Business Management (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13082 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Business Administration
Course code: FÖ0473 Application code: SLU-10242 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 100%