ORG 1211 Organizational Theory and HRM

ORG 1211 Organizational Theory and HRM

Course code: 
ORG 1211
Department: 
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Cecilie Asting
Thorvald Hærem
Course name in Norwegian: 
Organisasjonsteori og HRM
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics - Programme Courses
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Bachelor
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

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 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 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 textbook readings with research articles. The lectures will utilize current business cases to illustrate main points in the literature.

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

The course has two coursework requirements:

WORK REQUIREMENT 1

  • Mindlab consists of 3 parts:
    • Part 1 - Participation in games/simulation in smaller classes at set times
    • Part 2 - Individual submission, which consists of a two-page reflection note
    • Part 3 - Give constructive feedback to three (3) of your fellow students' submissions. You get access to the feedback you yourself have received from your fellow students. Use these to reflect on what you can learn from them. Both parts 1, 2 and 3 must be completed in order to have the work requirement assessed as approved/not approved.

WORK REQUIREMENT 2

  • Term paper: An assignment of up to 8 pages on a case. - Give constructive feedback to two (2) of your fellow students' submissions. You get access to the feedback you yourself have received from your fellow students. Use these to reflect on what you can learn from them. Both parts 1 and 2 must be completed in order to have the work requirement assessed as approved/not approved. The case for work requirement 2 is published at the start of simulation/game participation for work requirement 1. A lecture is about feedback and response to participation in the Lab simulation. The lecture will also be relevant for those students who choose work requirement 2, term paper. The feedback in the lecture is linked to relevant theories in the course, participation is voluntary.

In order to be able to take the exam, it is a requirement that the student must have been approved for work requirements 1 or 2. 

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Disclaimer

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

Required prerequisite knowledge

ORG 3402 Organizational Behaviour and Leadership or equivalent.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredComment coursework
Mandatory21See further information on implementation under the section "Teaching and learning activities"
Mandatory coursework:
Mandatory coursework:Mandatory
Courseworks given:2
Courseworks required:1
Comment coursework:See further information on implementation under the section "Teaching and learning activities"
Assessments
ExamWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment
Exam category
Submission
Form of assessment
Written submission
Exam code
ORG12111
Grading scale
ECTS
Grading rule
Internal examiner
Resit
Examination every semester
100
Yes
5 Hour(s)
  • No support materials
Individual
Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ORG12111
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination every semester
100Yes5 Hour(s)
  • No support materials
Individual
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:100
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • No support materials
Duration:5 Hour(s)
Comment:
Exam code:ORG12111
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
36 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
46 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
113 Hour(s)
Examination
5 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 
200

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.