Course description

Organisation Science


One of the main objectives of this course is to provide the students with an in depth understanding of organisations. Organisations are a main tool that modern society applies to meet the challenges of innovation and resolution of complex tasks. To understand how to organise to resolve the challenges organisations meet is a main focus of this course. The course reviews the main contributions to organisation research. Another objective is to provide students with a background to understand the changes in organisational structures that we observe in both the private and in the public sector. Understanding new organisational forms - why they are emerging and which characteristics they bear - are of key importance for managers acting in these sectors. Therefore, the course also aims at giving the students a deeper understanding of the present "experiments" in organisational structures and processes.

Course content

  • Introduction, Organisations as rational, natural & open systems
  • Organisations as Rational systems
  • Organisations as Natural systems
  • Organisations as Open Systems
  • Designing Organisations & Combining Perspectives
  • Organisations & Environment
  • The Nature of the Firm
  • Boundary Spanning & Boundary Setting
  • Technology & Structure: Coordination & Routines
  • Environment & Structure
  • Modern Organisational forms

Learning outcome knowledge

  • Understand the concept of Organisations
  • Know about the fundamental research streams in organisation science
  • Know how to organise to facilitate the resolution of different types of tasks
  • Know how to adjust the organisational structure to the influence of different types of environment
  • Know about the effectiveness of major organisational mechanisms
  • Know about the workings of major organisational mechanisms such as power, authority and goal setting


Exam organisation

  • Presentation: 10%
  • Written assignment: 30%
  • Written exam: 60%