Organization Theory September

Time: 07.09. – 09.09.2016

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. Epistemological, methodological and ontological 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 OT in one’s own doctoral work. During the course small workshops are organized in order to fill this aim.

Tentative timetable:

1st day: prof. Iiris Aaltio: Introduction, culture and gender, history of OT

2nd day: prof. Antonio Strati: Organizational aesthetics

3rd day: prof. Tuomo Peltonen: Structuralism and postmodernism

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 (like articles).

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5

Prerequisites: Phd Students

Admittance: Phd. students 25 at the maximum. The application deadline is June 30. One can apply by sending an email including the name of the faculty and supervisor to the coordinator.

Instructors: Prof. Iiris Aaltio: Introduction, culture and gender, history of OT
Prof.Tuomo Peltonen: Structuralism and post-modernism
Prof Antonio Strati: Organizational aesthetics

Course coordinator and contact information: Ph.D. Student Qian Wang, University of Jyväskylä,