Managerial Thinking and Organization Studies

Time: 01.01. 2015 – 31.05.2015

Place: The course is offered as a distance learning course. This is a good way to continue a postgraduate degree. It makes it possible to work in a flexible manner and to continue one’s studies from another locality.
Learning goal and objectives: The aim of the course is to deepen the student’s understanding of organizational structures and processes. Managerial thinking is linked to the modern and post-modern genres of organization studies. The student understands and recognizes the central methodological, epistemological and ontological trends and the central trends in the philosophy of science, and can analyze business economy research based on them.

Instruction and examination: The course framework is based on the four paradigm organization analysis model outlined by Gibson Burrell and Gareth Morgan in their book “Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis, 1979, [(several newer, but identical editions exist), Gower Publishing, Aldershot, UK]. These paradigms are:
– Functional paradigm
– Interpretative paradigm
– Radical humanistic paradigm
– Radical structuralist paradigm

Two personal feedback-writings are given to each student. (via email).
1) first, after parts I and II
2) second, after the whole course.

Credits: 7 ECTS

Prerequisites: The students are chosen on the basis of suitability criteria, taking into account the teaching unit, if necessary.

Admittance: The application period for the course ends 20.12. 2014! Email the application to:

Instructors: Tuomo Takala, Professor of Management and Leadership, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics.

Course coordinator and contact information: Professor Tuomo Takala,