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Frontiers in Management Research

The course aims to give the student understanding about management and organizations in different societal sectors (the industry, the public sector and the civil society), but also about management in different organizational forms (business corporations, public organizations, associations and hybrid organizations).

The course builds on knowledge from earlier courses in organization and management, but in particular has a starting point in the understanding that organizations are likely to have been established for different purposes and that different organizational forms are likely to have different capacities to fulfil different objectives. A core theme in the course is that organizations do not passively adapt to their environments, they are more likely to actively be engaged in constructing demands directed towards them from their environments, as well as being involved in the development of the society at large. Since management can be understood as attempts from a certain group of actors to shape order in different social situations, the course encourage the students to challenge their accumulated knowledge about organization and management by focusing on the fact that organizations may exist for different purposes, and are likely to be run in different organizational forms, and that management is dependent of the social contexts where it is performed. Expected learning objectives

The overall objective of the course is that the students should learn that it is important to understand the relations between management and the organizational form that characterized particular activities, and that organizations may have different aims with what they do and why they do it.

  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.

    Note that all course activities, such as lectures, seminars, assignments and examination will be in English due to that the teaching language is English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:

    • Exam.
    • Active participation at seminars, group assignments and presentations.
    • Individual learning paper.

    To achieve a passing grade, the student have to pass all three assessment tasks and meet all 5 learning objectives.


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

    See syllabus for reading list
  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Christian Maravelias