Introduction to Management is a bachelor-level course, which introduces students to the fascinating world of management in the context of modern organizing. The course aims to develop capabilities for independent thinking about management as a phenomenon ultimately concerned with a particular relationship to the human subject at work. This is achieved through a course structure that recognizes the cultural-historical specificity of management in modern Anglo-Saxon and European cultures. The course content is organized along three sets of themes. The first theme locates the emergence of management within the historical context of modern and industrial capitalism. Students will be introduced to three lines of critique of early industrial society and its particular modes of organization. This includes the analytical categories of anomie, alienation, rationalization and the objects of division of labour, the labour process, work ethic and bureaucratic organization. A second theme allows students to engage in managerial ideas and practices in terms of their origins, intentionalities, development and effects in the course of the 20th century. This includes scientific management, human relations and organizational psychology, systems theory, the management of culture and Human Resources. A third and final theme considers the technological horizon of possibility and discusses the self and subjectivity in contemporary organization as well as imaginations of future modes of managing. The latter includes themes of self-management, aspects of the ‘automata’ in the form of AI and Machine learning and issues about privacy and surveillance.
The course is guided by the conviction of a learning experience where students are treated as ‘young adults’ whose independent thinking in the world of management and organization studies can be cultivated through a collaborative mode of learning, akin to that in other parts of the social sciences and humanities, where problematizing of the object of study is considered germane. As such the course aims at sophistication rather than simplification (or ‘dumbing down’) and problematizing rather than prescribing thinking and analysis of the thought-world of management.
Organisation and organising is an advanced course in organization theory (OT). Rather than focusing on individual organization theories per se, the course addresses the diversity of the world of organizations. In the real world, organizations assume many forms beyond private corporations or public offices. In the world of theory, OT is practiced according to different scientific paradigms. The course discusses this heterogeneity by addressing several key themes in managerial and organizational thought and theory. These themes include the legacy of classical OT thinkers, the societal role of organizations, forms of coordination, culture and identity, power and control in organizations, organizational change, and thinking about the future of organizing. Furthermore, the course tracks the development of organizational thinking in theory and managerial practice. The course explains how various OT ‘paradigms’ (i.e. functionalist, interpretative, and critical) address the questions of organizing from different premises and produce varying scholarly understanding of the course topics. The course ultimately enables an understanding of the world of management and work organization through an approach that situates those practices and imaginaries in their specific cultural-historical contexts.
Demand for skills in business intelligence, data analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence is growing. This course intends to introduce tools, especially Python, in order to address most problems in business analytics. The course introduces knowhow of gathering
data, preparing data, analysing data, building statistical and machine learning models, and visualising results in a customised manner. This introductory course gives basic knowledge business analytics through tools such as Python. It provides information and practices related
to Python programming, about how to solve problems in business analytics, and about online resources through which one could inquire for further business-related problems.
- Teacher: Askhan Fredström