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.


This course will provide the students with a solid understanding of the foundations of organizing, organizational forms, and organizational phenomena of business, operations, and innovation at the macro- and meso-level. After participating in the course, students will (1) be able to distinguish between various forms of organizing of business, operations, and innovation at the macro- and meso-level; (2) know when a certain form is more suitable and how to organize this form; and (3) be able to assess the effectiveness of current organizing form and develop improvements. Students undertaking this course will become familiar with a series of real-world contemporary organizational phenomena, learn different theoretical perspectives that can elucidate these phenomena, and learn to apply these different ways of “seeing” and managing organizations to cases. As such this course bridges theory and practice, exposing students to a variety of conceptual tools and ways to evaluate novel situations.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 26.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Robin Gustafsson

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Robin Gustafsson

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:

    Organizing of business comes in many forms and at many levels. At the macro-level markets, industries, value-chains, platforms, and business ecosystems are unique forms of organizing. These organizational forms are shaped by economic, information, and socio-economic properties prevalent in each setting, including among others social institutions like norms and rules, technologies used, transaction costs, resource dependencies, and information asymmetries. At the meso-level we can respectively distinguish between various kinds of firms, i.e. start-ups, multinational firms, specialized manufacturing firms, consultancy firms, and software firm, non-profits, and more informal organizing forms, such as innovation communities, and industry associations. These meso-level organizational forms often entail a multiplicity of goals and tasks and differ in size and internal structure. Macro- and meso-level organizational forms shape one another, and develop, evolve, and transform over time respectively. To understand organization of business, operations, and innovation we hence need to consider both the macro and the meso-levels of organizing, how these are interrelated, and the mechanism which shape the specific organizational forms. We will use economic, organizational, and strategy theories to analyze organizing. Theories are valuable for the analyst and manager because most meso- and macro-level organizational phenomena’s and problems are unique and cannot be understood nor solved by simple rules of thumb.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Individual and group assignments, peer-assessments, exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and workshops 24h, assignments 64h, peer-assessment 6h, self-study and exam 40h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Articles, case texts, and videos. 

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces the courses TU-53.1020 Leadership in Organizations, TU-53.1030 Knowledge and competence management, and TU-C3021 Managing knowledge and knowledge-intensive organizations. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    TU-A1100 Industrial Engineering and Management 1; recommended (not mandatory): TU-C1030 Managerial accounting and finance for decision-makers.