Organization Theory

Time: 05.09. – 07.09.2017

Place: Jyväskylä University, Jyväskylä

Learning goal and objectives: Organization Theory course gives an overall picture of the field with history development, current issues and trends. It covers subjects as: organizations as social and economic actors, how individuals/people act within organizations and on behalf of organizations, and how to conceptualize organizations. Ontological, epistemological and methodological questions are also dealt during the course in relation to organization theory. During the course it is also aimed to develop a critical reading and understanding of different theories, to help participants to use/apply these theories in formulating their own research projects, and to promote understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of organization theory. Fields like administrative decision making, structuralism, organizational culture, gender and diversity approach, agency theory, institutional theory, critical theory, post-modernism & modernism, post-structuralism and post-colonialism, and psychodynamic approach are covered during the course.

The aim of the course is also to study how to use organization theory in one’s own doctoral work. During the course small workshops are organized in order to fill this aim. Special interests of the visiting professors Mills and Helms Mills also included in the program.

Instruction and examination: A report (about 20 pages) on a topic agreed during the course is written and handed in one month after the course ends. The reading material has to be commented during a special session in the seminar. It is recommendable that the report relates to the questions of the doctoral thesis and current writing of the students (e.g. articles).

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5 (sufficient, satisfactory, good, very good, excellent)

Prerequisites: PhD students

Admittance: 25 PhD students at the maximum. The application deadline is 30th of June. One can apply by sending an email including the name of the faculty and supervisor to the coordinator. 1st of July, students will be notified by email with relevant information and reading material.

N.B. Additional information is required by the university to register student’s course credits in a university data base, which the student can access at any time, and the data will not be used for any other purpose.

In addition to the name of the faculty and supervisor, you need to send the information to the coordinator: 1) gender, 2) Finnish social security number (birth date if the person does not have a Finnish social security number), 3) nationality, 4) phone number

Instructors: Professor Iiris Aaltio, University of Jyväskylä

Professor Alber Mills, Saint Mary’s University

Professor Jean Helms Mills, Saint Mary’s University

Professor Tuomo Peltonen, University of Turku

Course coordinator and contact information: PhD student Qian Wang, University of Jyväskylä,