Course syllabus

Course PM

Kurskod                         SJO825

Kursnamn                     Organisation och strategi 

Scope                            7,5 hp

Institution                     M2

Betygsskala                  Pass/fail

Examination                 Active participation in compulsory exercises and seminars,                           Assignments and a final essay.

Language                      english

Examinator                   Fredrik Forman


General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a program at Chalmers where the course is included in the study program are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.


Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a program at Chalmers where the course is included in the study program are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.


Course specific prerequisites




The aim of the course is to develop generic management skills as well as interpersonal skills, such as the ability to convince and motivate people and to communicate analyses and recommendations in professional settings.


Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding 

- Explain different types of systems connected to logics for action logics 
- Explain the meaning of the concepts of complexity and emergence vis-à-vis linearity and causality linked to action logics. 
- Explain how control is established, maintained and lost in complex sociotechnical systems. 
- Describe different degrees of control, their advantages and limitations. 
- demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of scientific methods relevant to management work and its abilities and shortcomings.

Skills and Abilities
- demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically analyze information
- demonstrate the ability to work independently
- demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional context, both verbally and in writing

Judgement and approach
- demonstrate the ability to assess the social and ethical implications of management decisions and managerial work
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of knowledge interests and of personal responsibility in professional roles



Different types of sociotechnical systems require different logics to create control. An important factor for success in management is to identify the nature of the system in question in order to be able to apply the appropriate management principle.
The course has a distinct systems perspective and is based on complexity theory, which is a complementary perspective to causality and linearity.
Depending on the nature of the system, different logics are required to create control.
Great effort will be made to identify the premises for different reasoning and logics as in many cases it is the very basis for cooperation, development and not least, critical thinking.



In the course there will be several different parts; lectures, exercises, and role play. The central form of work will be the seminar where a given material will be studied prior the sessionl (text, video or pod) and  reflective text will be written on the topic that is submitted before the seminar where it is discussed.
Great emphasis will be placed on the art of reasoning based on specific premises. In the seminars, you will be approved if you have presented the material and put a personal reflection on it. The reflection does not have to be in line with what the teacher's opinion is on the issue, as long as the argument for the position is well substantiated and opinions and premises can be clearly distinguished.



See course home-page.

Examination including compulsory elements

Active participation in compulsory exercises and seminars. Assignments and a final essay.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

Course summary:

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