Language management in Theory and Practice (expired)

FSK503 Language management in Theory and Practice (expired)

Autumn 2020

  • Topics

    Language in the workplace is a broad topic of interest that has been receiving increasing attention over the last couple of decades. As workplaces to a greater or lesser extent include employees with multifarious linguistic backgrounds, language issues that initially were regarded as unproblematic and treated on an ad hoc basis have turned out to raise a number of issues that have become objects of research. Thus, the implications of using English as a lingua franca (ELF) in such contexts, which by many is perceived as an easy solution, has been demonstrated to generate issues relating to power differences, lines of communication, inclusion, intercultural communication, together with demarcation lines between the use of ELF and the role of other languages in the workplace. Language management focuses on this topic field.

    Language management straddles the fields of linguistics and business studies, and should thus be of broad interest to PhD students of language and of business. In the proposed LingPhil course we aim for a combination of lectures by central researchers in the field, focusing on central topics of interest and methodological issues, both qualitative and quantitative.

    This course is supported by LingPhil (National Research School on Linguistics and Philology)

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of the course, the PhD scholar has:


    • insight into the field of Language Management useful both for management and linguistic studies


    • can apply this knowledge to research on management, communication or linguistics

    General competence

    • reflect on how language affects business both on a micro (interpersonal) and a macro (language policy) level

  • Teaching

    The course will be a combination of lectures and presentations by the PhD research scholars participating in the course.



    Professor Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University, Helsinki)

    Professor Lisa Fairbrother (Sophia University, Tokyo)

    Professor Anne Kari Bjørge (NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen)

    Dr Kaisa Sofia Pietikäinen (NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen)

  • Requirements for course approval

    Mandatory requirements in order to obtain the credits:

    Course participation (3 days)

    ca. 150 pages of reading material

    preparing a presentation for review from course lecturers

  • Assessment

    An individual presentation of one's own work, for review from course lecturers.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    To be anounced later together with a detailed course program.

    Information about the course is also found on the following webpage: (see under "courses and events")


ECTS Credits
Teaching language


Course responsible

FSK (Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication)

Contact person: Kristin Rygg (