Foundations and Frontiers of Management

ORG520 Foundations and Frontiers of Management

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    Transaction cost theory


    Firm advantage / Theory of the fiirm

    Institutional theory of organizations


    Resource based view/Knowledge based view



    Corporate strategy


    Digitalization, innovation, and competitive advantage


    Implementation of strategic change


    Leadership theory and research - an overview


    Ethical decision-making and ethical leadership


    Leadership in teams and organizations


    Marketing strategy in consumer and b2b contexts

  • Learning outcome


    • Understand and apply theories of strategy, organization and leadership (management).
    • Understand the reciprocity of theories of strategy, organization and leadership as a key to success.
    • Identify the research frontiers of management.


    • Critically analyze relevant problems in management.

    General competence:

    • Communicate and discuss research in a clear cut manner.

  • Teaching

    The course has the following modules:

    First module - Topics in business level and corporate level strategy

    Second module - Digitalization, innovation, and competitive avantage

    Third module - Theories of organizations and organizing

    Fourth module - Leadership

    Fifth module - Marketing strategy

    A more detailed schedule will be presented during the introduction.

    • Students are expected to prepare the course literature prior to the class.
    • Students present at least one article in class.
    • Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions.

    If the Corona situation requires it, the course will be offered fully digital.

  • Restricted access

    PhD candidates from NHH as well as PhD candidates from other institutions can take part in the course.

  • Assessment

    Home exam. Three days, between 9am on the first day and 14 pm on the third day.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Compendium of articles and book chapters.

    The program with a complete list of readings will be available in due time prior to the seminar.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered autumn 2021. Will not be offered autumn 2022.

Course responsible

Rune Lines, Department of Strategy and Management