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 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 use them in theory-building.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 09.09.2022 - 09.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Nina Granqvist

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 course consists of a series of seminar sessions focusing on specific theories and approaches. The specific contents are outlined in a separate document.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment :

    The course is obligatory for Organization and management doctoral students and recommended to be taken during the first semester. Doctoral students from other subjects in the Department of Management Studies may also benefit very much from the course. The course also includes students from DIEM at Aalto and from Hanken. Other prospective students should contact the responsible teacher Nina Granqvist,