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TEK510 - Organising for innovation  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBDP
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: A
Maximum participants: 60

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Forskare  Kamilla Kohn Rådberg

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Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Students from other programmes are qualified for the course if they are eligible for registering for elective courses at Chalmers University of Technology in year 4 (fourth grade).


This course deals with the theory of organisations and organising for innovation. The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the social science literature on organisations, in order to better understand organisation and organising as key issues influencing innovation in organisations. Students will gain familiarity with the major theoretical and empirical traditions in organisation theory, as well the latest updates in postmodern organisation theory and new, emerging forms of organising for innovation. At the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate that they have understood the main technical terms, the different ideas and underlying assumptions of organisational theories. They should furthermore be able to synthesize and apply this knowledge to practical problems in an innovative business environment.

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

At the end of this course the student should demonstrate:

a.    Ability to differentiate between different kinds of organisational designs
b.    Ability to debate and discuss how the different ideas of organisations can and should be structured, specifically related to innovative environments
c.    Ability to develop and apply a vocabulary to describe real-life organisational problems
d.    Ability to inquire about, identify and analyze practical organisational problems encountered in innovative organisations today by applying organisational theories.
e.    Ability to evaluate and, based on that, make well-grounded choices among theoretical models for description and analysis of organisational problems in innovative environments
f.     Ability to discuss ethical consequences of organising for managers and employees


Examples of themes that are addressed in the course are:

•    The structure of organisations
•    The organisation in its environment
•    Management and decision-making in organisations
•    People in organisations
•    Organisational change and learning
•    Postmodern perspectives on organising


    The underlying assumption for this course is that learning is best acquired by multiple means. This course will consist of lectures, inviting the students to interact with the teachers, as well as of a team project, which will help the students integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge from the whole course. The course also has an ambition to include external guest lecturers that can provide real-life examples of organisational experiences, and be useful to put the course content into a context.


    The course literature will be listed in the course-PM.


    The course will be examined by means of individual as well as team assignments amounting to a maximum of 100 points.

    Page manager Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.