MBA 2391 Organisational Management and Control

MBA 2391 Organisational Management and Control

Course code: 
MBA 2391
Department: 
Accounting and Operations Management
Credits: 
4
Course coordinator: 
Hanno Roberts
Course name in Norwegian: 
Organisational Management and Control
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
MBA China
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Learning outcomes - Knowledge

This course addresses the topic of organization design and the related various management control approaches. The course aims to create an understanding of appropriate organizational design for different types of institutions, and build practical skills related to the principles and challenges of designing and implementing contemporary organizations. The latter includes the dynamics and processes of structuring organizations, and the specific ways organizations can set up and use their management control and performance measurement systems. The latter emphasises digitilisation (as teaching process) and digital transformation (as learning substance)

Learning outcomes - Skills

Ability to design an organization suitable for the digital era and use the appropriate management control and performance measurement systems

General Competence

Explain an appropriate organizational design for a given strategy choice.

Course content

The course is broken down into the two elements of Organization Theory & Design, and Management Control, which will be covered in the above order.

Organization theory & design

  • Types of organization design
  • Centralization, decentralization and specialization
  • Types and forms of organizational change
  • Implementing organizational change

Management control

  • Conventional management control (responsibility centers, budgeting, financial performance metrics)
  • Performance measurement systems (non-financial metrics, link to strategy and organisation design, bottom-up use of performance measurement)

Two of the teaching hours in this course are dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues.

Teaching and learning activities

The course is conducted as a teaching module, where students have classes all day for four subsequent days, a total of 32 hours.

The aim is to provide immediate value by connecting the course contents with the work experiences of the participants, and to use learning-by-doing as much as possible. The course is structured by means of a mix of lectures, case studies, classroom discussions, in-class quizzes, and a final course assignment. The course is taught entirely in a digital format, with all materials only available in soft copy.

Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

The course is a part of a full MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

The course uses WeChat Work (Weixin) software for case group collaboration and for interaction with case groups and individual participants, and a local (passive) Chinese hosting site for only the reading materials which acts to alleviate download problems from the ItsLearning platform. Students are strongly suggested to familiarize themselves with the relevant software as well as utilize an independent (non-company) laptop and have independent Internet access. 

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement for the students and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".
Additional information

In case the course needs to be conducted online, the format changes to a 'flipped classroom': asynchronous lecture videos (PPT driven, no 'talking heads') will replace the classroom lectures, while the synchronous, Zoom-based sessions will be dedicated entirely to student interaction, driven by a Q&A-based agenda that has been developed in/by the case groups in advance. The synchronous, Zoom-based sessions will be attended in the case group compositions and in group rooms and not the main auditorium, in order to obtain the necessary peer-to-peer learning context.

Qualifications

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.

Disclaimer

Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Handin - all file types
Exam code:
MBA 23913
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No 1 Semester(s)Group ( 2 - 8)Case group work, counts 40% of the total grade.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Handin - all file types
Exam code:
MBA 23914
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No 1 Semester(s)Group ( 2 - 8)Final group-based course assignment, counts 60% of the total grade.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Handin - all file types
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-8)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Case group work, counts 40% of the total grade.
Exam code:MBA 23913
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Handin - all file types
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-8)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Final group-based course assignment, counts 60% of the total grade.
Exam code:MBA 23914
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
100
Sum workload: 
0

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.