Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


After completing the course, students:
understand the role of communication in organizational processes
know the general principles and practices of effective organizational communication
understand the role of communication in leading and managing people at work
are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, implementation and analyzing of organizational communication
are able to reflect on their own performance in organizational and leadership communication situations

Credits: 6

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 16.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pekka Pälli

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pekka Pälli

Contact information for the course (valid 18.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Teacher pekka.palli(at), available via email

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:

    Introducing the basic concepts, terminology, and models of organizational communication in different contexts, the course focuses on the communication function and behavior in organizations and explores their relationship to other management functions. The course draws on the socio-constructionist theories of organizational communication. The course is designed to help students develop their management and leadership capabilities by improving their interpersonal and communication skills. Topics covered include manager-employee communication, interactional skills in communication, productive organizational dialogue, and team leadership.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See the detailed schedule and program on the course webpage (by the end of August)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    100% learning assignments

  • Applies in this implementation:

    All instructions and evaluation methods & rubrics on teh course webpage (by the end of August)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 24h
    Assignments 136h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Articles indicated in the syllabus.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See the course materials page (available by the end of August)

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces course 75E18000 Organizational Communicaton and Leadership

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    via WebOodi

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course will be run as an online course, the lectures & class exercises are via Zoom


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is restricted to 50 students (including quotas for students from the Open University and Joo-studies).
    Priority list: 1. MIB/Strategy/Global Management/CS/IDBM, 2. MIB minor students, 3. Other BIZ students, 4. Other Aalto students. Students must confirm their registration by participating in the first class session.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course will be run as an online course, the lectures & class exercises are via Zoom