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.


The goal is to develop a doctoral-level understanding of the most widely used theoretical approaches to the study of organizations. The course develops understanding of the variety of the perspectives, and their differing assumptions and focuses. Furthermore, the course prepares student to contribute to organization theory.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2022 - 02.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Jääskeläinen

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:

    The perspectives vary yearly, but cover majority of the key perspectives, including: decision making and strategic perspectives; behavioral perspectives; institutional perspective; practice theory perspectives; interpretative and sensemaking perspectives; discourse, rhetoric and narrative perspectives; and change and historical perspectives.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminars, assignments, essays, and contribution to discussions.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 No teaching

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi. Enrollment by application; number of participants may be restricted.