5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work
|Language of instruction
2nd year, spring semester, periods 2+3
After completing the course the student is:
• Able to distinguish various levels of
organisational activities and their relations;
• Able to discuss about the role of
information technology in various levels of change of organisation
and its context;
• Able to analyse ICT-based organizational
The course studies organisations at four levels: individuals,
practices, organizational structures and transformations, and the
societal context of organisations. The organizational role of ICT
and the relation between ICT and knowledge are also discussed. A
method for analysing organisations as networks of activity systems
is presented. The role of power, trust and control in the change
process is discussed. The different aspects of change agents are
presented and analysed.
|Mode of delivery
|Learning activities and teaching methods
Introductory lectures 20h, seminar sessions 14h, individual work
100h (for a review and analysis of selected course materials and
making a presentation for the seminar).
|Prerequisites and co-requisites
B.Sc. or other equivalent degree and course Information Systems
in Organisations (812304A) or equivalent knowledge.
|Recommended optional programme components
|Recommended or required reading
A list of research articles will be provided for the lectures
and assignments. Readings for the background and theoretical
• Gareth R. Jones (2010) Organizational
Theory, Design, and Change: Global Edition (6. Ed.) Chapters 1-3,
10-12, Prentice Hall.
• K. Kuutti (1996) Activity Theory as a
potential framework for human-computer inter-action research, in
Context and Consciousness: Activity Theory and Human Com-puter
Interaction, B. Nardi, Editor. 1996, MIT Press: Cambridge. p.
• Frank Blackler (1995) Knowledge,
knowledge work and organizations: an overview and interpretation.
Organization studies, 1995. Pp. 1021-1046
• Frank Blackler et al. (2000) Organizing
Processes in Complex Activity Networks. Organization, vol. 7 no. 2.
|Assessment methods and criteria
Lecture and seminar participation, assignment (literature
review, analysis, seminar presentation). Alternatively by
examination and personal assignment report.
|Working life cooperation