Organization Theory

!!THE COURSE IS REALISED BASED ON REMOTE LEARNING! !! Please notice new information concerning applying the course, requirements and pedagogy.

Organization Theory, June 1st-3rd, 2020

Organizor: University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics

Learning goal, objectives and tools

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 developed 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, institutional theory, critical theory, post-modernism & post-structuralism and post-colonialism, and psychodynamic approach are covered during the course. Special focus is in the year 2020 given to narrative nature of organizations.

The aim of the course is also to study how to use OT in one’s own doctoral work. Especially in writing the essay this integration is possible.

During the course, we use Moodle with special tasks and the essey, as well as remote lectures. All details concerning the practical issues will be discussed in May with the participants.

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).

I addition, there are written tasks during the course, approximately 3 x 3 tasks that must be passed. During the seminar days also remote interaction is integrated into the course program.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5. The instructor of the course makes the evaluation based on the study report written after the course.

Prerequisites: Required readings. Students are required to read beforehand an extensive reading package (ca 30 articles and other readings) and actively participate on course work during the three teaching days.

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


Iiris Aaltio, Professor, Ph.D.(Business Administration), University of Jyväskylä. My focus of research is organization culture, diversity and gender in management. I have organized and held KATAJA courses since 1993.  I am an advisor of 16 doctoral thesis, and previewer/opponent of 70 doctoral thesis in Finland /abroad.

Tuomo Peltonen, Ph.D.(Econ.) Professor. My focus of research is organization theory, philosophy of management and international management.

Hugo Gaggiotti, PhD (Mgmt), PhD (Anthro), MRes, Associate Professor, University of the West of England, Bristol.  My focus of research is on the intersections between leadership, organizational narratives and professional mobility from an interdisciplinary organizational ethnographic approach.

Contact information: Prof. Iiris Aaltio, +358-40-5767795