Kursens övergripande mål är att fördjupa den vetenskapliga förmågan och förhållningssättet för att förbereda studerandena för kandidat-examensarbetet och vetenskapliga projekt i yrkeslivet. Vägledning och viktiga verktyg (begrepp, metoder och värderingar) för utförandet av vetenskaplig forskning inom företagsekonomisk forskning ges. Kursen behandlar bland annat vetenskapsteori, forskningsdesign, litteraturbehandling, forskningsetik, samt analysmetoder. All från hur man formulerar forskningsfrågor, söker litteratur samt samlar in och analyserar data gås igenom. De vanligaste kvalitativa och kvantitativa datainsamlingsmetoderna samt data-analysmetoderna behandlas. Kursen består av föreläsningar och praktiska metodövningar.

This course focuses on the organizational aspects of sustainable change, encouraging students to create alternative scenarios of future business worlds. The focus lies on how businesses, states and other societal actors respond to the most urgent ecological and climate challenges of our time. During the course, we will address different definitions of sustainability and different organizational forms of the sustainability work, addressing the following questions: How do businesses and key societal actors organize to respond to complex and multi-scalar problems associated with the ecological and climate crises? How do different societal actors organize to build more sustainable lifeforms in different parts of the world?

The course includes perspectives on different forms of organising sustainable change through for example global governance, sustainable innovations, grassroots movements, social mobilizations, and regenerative designs. During the course, we assess the effects of different forms of organising sustainable change at the local, regional and global level.

The course can be taken as part of the study module in Corporate Responsibility.

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.

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