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Performance Management

The past decades have seen dramatic increases in the explicit use of performance measurement techniques for measuring, controlling and managing organizational performance.

The rationale behind these developments has been an assumption that measuring performance leads to better organizational results. The aim of the course is to understand and be able to discuss some of the challenges and/or potential for managing that are implied by underlying assumptions of performance management.  

The initial parts of this course introduce techniques and tools for performance management. The course then focuses on elaborating and problematizing the understanding of performance management through different theoretical perspectives, aiming to advance analytical skills on the topic.

The course is designed to reach the learning objectives by a combination of activities. The basic learning comes from reading the literature, reflecting, discussing, writing and presenting ideas and analysis both orally and in written text. The course covers different theories and problematizing perspectives in lectures and readings. The seminar series provides opportunities to practice the application of theories and problematizing perspectives on various aspects of performance management. The seminars also serve as an opportunity to discuss the course literature, in small groups as well as in class. While the course literature is central, the idea is also for each student to try to make sense of the course theme in relation to her or his own interests in management studies. Seminars thus depend much on your input, and the lecture and seminars will be supplemented by independent study. You are also encouraged to meet informally with classmates to discuss the readings and assignments.

  • Course structure

    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.

    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.

    Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in 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.

  • 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.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Andreas Sundström