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 this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the major societal and business trends transforming the organizational functions, structures, and processes you are likely to encounter at work.
  2. Describe tactics people use to advance their careers in contemporary organizations.
  3. Evaluate the scientific validity of management theories and their practical application.
  4. Use management theories to develop a strategy for becoming a manager prepared for the present and future of work.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 21.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne-Sophie Barbe, Anne Kankaanranta, Emma Sandström

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Bright and hardworking students enter the workforce with high aspirations but uncertainty about how to position their careers in a rapidly transforming business environment. This course gives you a framework for thinking analytically about societal and organizational trends such as the gig economy, digitization, and diversity, and how they change the work you ll encounter in business and nonprofit organizations. We ll become familiar with emerging organizational structures and business processes, how people in the contemporary world of work advance their careers, and to how use management theories to develop your capabilities a manager. Understanding this helps us figure out what organizations we d like to work for, the type of professional we would like to become, and strategies for becoming a manager prepared for the present and future of work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:




  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    24 hours contact teaching

    133 hours independent work

    3 hours exam


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A variety of readings will be made available during the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students are admitted to the course from the MIB master s programme only.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.