Organisation and implementation

SOL3 Organisation and implementation

Spring 2022

  • Topics

    The purpose of this course is to acquaint the students with knowledge, insights, and skills required to analyse and understand the functioning of organisations. This is important for people and managers working on implementing strategies in small and large organisations, and in private, public and non-profit sectors. As such, the aim of the course is demonstrate how theories and concepts can be applied to develop and change organisations. 

    New technological opportunities, increased focus on sustainability, changing competitive landscapes and COVID-19, all force businesses to rethink and act strategically.  Glossy strategic plans are not sufficient for businesses to succeed in changing their organisations,  strategies need to be implemented. Unfortunately for business leaders, 70 percent of strategic plans fail in the implementation. This course takes real-life important strategic decisions as the point of departure and systematically builds knowledge about the choices and organisational dilemmas managers face. 

    The course consists of seven modules:

    Module 1: Organisational structure

    Module 2: Organisational culture

    Module 3: Power in organisations

    Module 4: Organisations and their environment

    Module 5: Decision making processes

    Module 6: Innovation in organisations

    Module 7: Change in organisations

    Within each module we will go through two or more cases to illustrate and discuss how management and organisation need to be closely related to the business´ strategy. In some of the modules we will invite guest lecturers to present their choices and dilemmas in real-life cases. Each module will end with a lecture where we compare and contrast theory and application. 

  • Learning outcome

    Knowledge - upon successful completion the student

    • can demonstrate to have knowledge and understanding of central themes, theories, processes, tools and methodologies within the field of organisation and management
    • can demonstrate familiarity with research-based knowledge in the field of organisation and management

    Skills - upon successful completion the student can

    • have a critical and reflective understanding on how organisations are managed and structured
    • apply their knowledge on practical problems
    • select the relevant tools and processes

    General competences - upon successful completion the student

    • can plan and execute a variety of tasks and projects that extend over time, alone and in groups, and in line with ethical requirements and guidelines
    • can communicate key subject matter as theories, issues and solutions both in writing, orally and through other relevant forms of expression.
    • can exchange views and experiences with others with backgrounds in the field of management and organisation and thereby contribute to the development of good practice.

  • Teaching

    To learn how to apply theory to real-life cases, the students will be allocated into groups and asked to choose two minor and one major assignment. In the minor assignments, the students are asked to apply theory on a case within two of the modules. In the major assignment, the students are asked to choose a case and apply theory from several modules. This assignment will be peer-reviewed and the students will be asked to present the assignment for a group of students.  

  • Required prerequisites


  • Requirements for course approval

    For course approval, the students need to have three group assignments approved, give feedback to peers on one assignment, and present the third assignment for groups of students. 

  • Assessment

    Six-hour individual home exam maximum 10 pages.

    RETAKES: Starting in autumn 2021, students will only be able to retake the assessment form in accordance with the new scheme.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Jacobsen, D. I. og Thorsvik, J. (2020): Hvordan organisasjoner fungerer. Fagbokforlaget

    Additional literature will be uploaded on Canvas


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn, offered Autumn 2021

Course responsible

Professor Inger G. Stensaker, Institutt for strategi og ledelse.

Professor Christine B. Meyer, Institutt for strategi og ledelse (main course responsible).