Organisation and implementation

SOL3 Organisation and implementation

Autumn 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, and changing competitive landscapes, 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.

    We will return to physical lectures in SOL 3 this semester. All the lectures are part of the curriculum, and power point presentations will be posted on canvas. In addition, we will record the introductory lectures for the five main parts of the course.

  • Learning outcome

    Knowledge - upon successful completion the student

    • can apply knowledge of organization and implementation on important organizational and societal problems
    • have knowledge and understanding of central theories, processes, tools and methodologies within the field of organization and strategy implementation
    • can demonstrate familiarity with research-based knowledge in the field of organization and strategy implementation
    • can demonstrate knowledge of how sustainability is relevant to organization and strategy implementation

    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 working on two group assignments. To fulfill the course requirements, the groups need to hand in a power point presentation and a case analysis for both assignments. In addition, the groups will be asked to present their case analysis in smaller lecture theaters or rooms.

    We will return to physical lectures in SOL3 this semester. All lectures are part of the curriculum, and the power point presentations will be posted on Canvas. In addition, we will record the introductory lectures for the five main parts of the course.

  • Required prerequisites

    None

  • Compulsory Activity

    The students need to have two assignments approved and present one of the assignments in class. In addition, all students need to be present at two case sessions.

  • Assessment

    Six-hour individual home exam maximum 10 pages.

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

  • Grading Scale

    A-F

  • Literature

    Collection of book chapters and articles which will be made available on Canvas

    The lectures are also part of the curriculum

Overview

ECTS Credits
7.5
Teaching language
Norwegian
Semester

Autumn, offered Autumn 2022

Course responsible

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

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