ORG 3430 Organization Theory - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

ORG 3430 Organization Theory - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

Course code: 
ORG 3430
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Cecilie Asting
Course name in Norwegian: 
Product category: 
Bachelor of Organisational Psychology, HR and Leadership - Programme Courses
2022 Spring
Active status: 
Re-sit exam
Level of study: 
Resit exam info

The course will not be taught in the academic year of 2021/22, but a re-sit exam will be offered in autumn 2021 and last time in spring 2022. The course will probably be replaced/continued with another course code and revised with new syllabus from autumn 2022. The course will move to the 5th semester from autumn 2022.

Work requirements are waived for the re-sit in autumn 2021 and spring 2022.

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Course type: 
One semester

Competitive advantage that is difficult for others to copy is the source for better business outcome. This course discusses basic principles for creating effective organizations. It combines organizational theory, acknowledging the fact that competitive advantage is a combination of organizing the business and arranging for best possible performance.
Accordingly, the course will provide the students with an introduction to and understanding of basic theoretical and empirical contributions of research related to the individual, group, and organizational level of analysis. After having completed the course, the students should be able to apply obtained knowledge in work settings.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

During the course students shall acquire:

  • Essential theories and perspectives within Organizational Theory.
  • The most salient and robust research findings within Organizational Theory.
Learning outcomes - Skills

The students should be able to identify, analyze and understand what differentiates more effective and less effective organizing in different types of organizations

General Competence

The students should be able to critically assess organizations' way of organizing practices in light of the most important and robust research findings.

Course content
  • Studying organizations
  • Organizations as rational systems
  • Organizations as natural systems
  • Organizations and the environment
Teaching and learning activities

In order to give the students an opportunity to identify what they have learned, and what they need to improve on, they will be given previous examinations to discuss and give each other feedback on. 

The course is structured as seminars, combining lectures with active dialogues. The course will combine text book readings with research articles. The lectures will utilize current business cases to illustrate main points in the literature. There are two mandatory assignments, one case based and one simulation based, which are designed to train the students in application of the theory to real situations.

The aim is to combine lectures with active dialogue. Coupling of textbooks, research articles, and examples are used to illustrate the main theoretical points.

Students are responsible for obtaining access to the Internet, and to keep abreast of the content posted on the course website.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Required prerequisite knowledge

ORG 3402 Psychology, Organization and Leadership or equivalent.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ORG 34301
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination every semester
100Yes5 Hour(s)
  • No support materials
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • No support materials
Duration:5 Hour(s)
Exam code:ORG 34301
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
33 Hour(s)
5 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
45 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
112 Hour(s)
5 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.