Series: Money Matters

Management Control

The object of control has shifted over time from being financially driven to being knowledge driven. This course will introduce you to both traditional and modern management control.


The object of control has over time moved from being heavily influenced by finance, to being driven more by knowledge traits. Meaning we need to extend the function of control and steer our efforts towards knowledge-sharing and peer-to-peer collaboration and learning.

We must also understand how to incorporate concepts from organisational behaviour and knowledge management, in our control efforts.

Participants joining this course will be introduced to approaches of both conventional management control and contemporary management control. The latter is conceived as the preferred management control approach of knowledge-based firms.

Learning outcomes

Course content

The course consists of (guest) lectures, group-based casework, and an individual course paper. Lectures introduce the indicated topics conceptually and explore it in terms of managerial implications and the links to other areas of management.

Lectures are categorized into three topical areas:

  • Introduction: purpose of management control systems
  • Conventional management control and performance measurement
  • Contemporary management control

Key elements of the introduction to MCS (technology, behavioural patterns) and of contemporary management control (OKRs, non-financial performance measurement) are part of the course design and course delivery.


Professor Hanno Roberts, Department of accounting and operations management

Associate Professor Ignacio Garcia de Olalla Lopez, Department of accounting and operations management

Associate Professor Kizkitza Biguri, Department of accounting and operations management


Price per course is 6450, - Payment is made upon registration.


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The series of Short Learning Modules consists of three separate modules where you can chose one, two or three modules. Each module runs over a period of three weeks with weekly 3 hours online live classes at Zoom and online learning material and activities at the Insendi learning platform.


If you have signed up for all three modules within the same course series, and qualify for exam for this type of course at BI, you may formalize the course series with an exam, counting for 7.5 ECTS.

The admission requirement for a 7,5 ECTS course at bachelor level is passed three years upper secondary education (In Norway this provides general study competence). Alternatively, admission may be based on age and prior learning and work experience. An exam fee will be added. The deadline if you want to apply for the exam is 1 March or 1 October.

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