Foundations and Frontiers of Management

ORG520 Foundations and Frontiers of Management

Autumn 2024

  • 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.

  • Permitted Support Material

    Home exam, all available aids


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Course responsible

Rune Lines, Department of Strategy and Management