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Management Theory and Analysis

This is an advanced-level course in the subject area of management, focusing on central issues and problems pertinent to the management of organizations.

The course has a distinctly analytical rather than normative character: rather than proposing ‘best practices’ of management, the course seeks to examine management as a body of knowledge and critical practice in contemporary society. It aims to provide students with the necessary analytical tools to reflect upon, understand and evaluate different approaches to management.

The course is based on theories of management that deal with the organization of society. Students will explore topics such as organizational paradigms, division of labor, bureaucracy, authority, corporate culture, and entrepreneurship. Having completed the course students should be able to think critically and comprehensively about the character and role of management in contemporary society and be able to use different theoretical ideas in their independent analyses of organized activity.

Students are expected to demonstrate a solid command of central theoretical ideas, concepts, mechanisms and critical issues of management in contemporary society.

  • 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.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks
    1. Assessment task 1, group work.
    2. Assessment task 2, individual essay.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • 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: Nick Butler