ORG 1211 Organizational Theory and HRM

ORG 1211 Organizational Theory and HRM

Course code: 
ORG 1211
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Thorvald Hærem
Cecilie Asting
Course name in Norwegian: 
Organisasjonsteori og HRM
Product category: 
Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics - Programme Courses
2020 Spring
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One semester

Competitive advantage that is difficult for others to copy is the source for better business outcome. This course discusses basic principals for creating effective organizations. It combines organizational theory and Human Resource Management (HRM), 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 Human Resource Management (HRM) at 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 and HRM.
  • 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 and HRM in different types of organizations

General Competence

The students should be able to critically assess organizations' way of organizing and HR 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
  • HRM and organizational performance
Teaching and learning activities

In order to give the students an opportunity to indentify 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.
Additional information

Re-sit examination
Students that have not gotten approved the coursework requirements, must re-take the exercises during the next scheduled course.

Students that have not passed the written examination or who wish to improve their grade may re-take the examination in connection with the next scheduled examination.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

ORG 3402 Organizational Behaviour and Leadership or equivalent

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredComment coursework
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Courseworks given:2
Courseworks required:1
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Written submission
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  • No support materials
5 Hour(s)
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Examination every semester
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Ordinary examination
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Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
46 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
113 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.