BSOL4005 - Advanced Organization Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Modern organizations represent continuous tensions and paradoxes. Organizations have to learn to deal with these paradoxes. This course focuses on the themes and tensions that are central in organization theory. Vi focus explore various perspectives to improve our understanding of the following themes:
- Organizations and organizing
- organizations and external environment
- Physical and social structures of the organizations
- Organization culture
- Power, control and conflicts
- paradoxes in organizations
- New perspectives in organization theory

This course focuses on the themes and tensions that are central in organization theory. The course is theoretical, but aims also at better understanding of how various theoretical perspectives can be used to reflect on actions and processes within real organizations.

Learning outcome

After completing the course students:
- realize the value of being able to study organizations from different theoretical angles. This is an important knowledge that one may apply in working life.
- can describe what organizations are and why and how they exist, how organizations look like and what/whom they are composed of,
- what processes take place within the organization and across organizations.
- have learned organization theories and main concepts that improve their ability to understand and act in organizations.

After completed course, students can:
- critically reflect on organizations and organization processes
- apply different organization theoretical perspectives and organization concepts to analyze real organizations’ status and processes ,
- analyze, suggest and implement various measures and actions to make organizations more effective and adaptive.

General competence:
After completed course the students can:
- analyze organization from different theoretical angles
- describe which practical and ethical dilemmas organization are faced with,
- which practical and ethical challenges organizations meet,
- have a knowledge about how one can create appropriate structure, technology, and culture that support organization activities and its adaptation to external environment.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, case- and group work.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oppgave

Further on evaluation

According to policies and rules at the NTNU.
Manadatory assignments are included in this course (f. ex. academic paper, peer review evaluation group assignment). More detailed information is to be announced at the beginning of semester. The assignments should be passed before exam.
Written exam counts 100 % of the grade.

Students are to be evaluated according to their level of understanding of curriculum and ability to critically reflect on organizations and organization processes, ability to apply different theoretical perspectives to understand organizations and practical challenges.

Admission to study programme is required, see "special conditions".

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Accounting and Auditing (MRR)
Economics (MSØK)
Economics (MSØK/5)
Economics (PHSØK)
Economics and Business Administration (ØAMSC)
Entrepreneurship (MENTRE)
Entrepreneurship (MSENTRE)
Financial Economics (MFINØK)
Industrial Economics and Technology Management (MTIØT)
International Business and Marketing (860MIB)
International Business and Marketing (861MIBE)
Management of Technology (ØAMLT)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Kvålshaugen, R. Wennes, G. og Nesse, J. G. (2019). Organisere og lede: Dilemmaer i praksis. 2.utgave Fagbokforlaget: Bergen (evt. 1. utgave).
All literature is in Norwegian. Additional selected book chapters and articles will be announced at the beginning of semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOL405 7.5 01.01.2016
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Version: A
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Organization Theory
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
NTNU Business School



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2020-12-14

Submission 2020-12-14

Release 15:00

Submission 19:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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