Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course sessions provide an overview of contemporary perspectives on organization theory for doctoral students interested in management and organizations. During the course, the students will learn the basics of specific theories and approaches and how to be able to use them in theory-building.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 16.09.2018 - 16.12.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Nina Granqvist

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eero Vaara

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of a series of seminar sessions focusing on specific theories and approaches. The specific contents are outlined in a separate document. The course is intended for Management and organization doctoral students during their first semester. Other prospective students should contact the responsible teacher Nina Granqvist,

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active and informed participation in all sessions, short papers presented in class, group presentations in class, a term paper on the theoretical foundations of one's research project provide foundations for the assessment.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Requirements for the successful completion of the course include active and informed participation in all sessions, work on short papers and class presentations, a term paper, and other work as defined.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The study material consists of prescribed readings that will be available on the course website in MyCourses.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:




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