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JO023024 JOS2 Organizations in their Environments 6 op
Organised by
Management and Organisation
Person in charge
Juha Laurila
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X X
2017–2018 X X
Preceding studies
Undergraduate course JO3 JO022034 and JO4 JO022042 give good basic skills for this advanced level course. Taking these courses is not, however, a prerequisite for taking part to this course for those students who have otherwise obtained competencies required studying advanced level courses in Management and Organization.

Learning outcomes

The main objective of the course is to provide the students with an up-to-date understanding on the theoretical approaches used in the analysis of organizations in their environments. As a part of this, the course shows how the conceptual knowledge in this field develops as a result of empirical research. After accomplishing the course the student understands how individual organizations, organizational industries, sectors and fields evolve in the form of continuous mutual processes. The student is aware of main conceptual approaches to these issues and also recognizes how these approaches develop as a result of conceptual and empirical research. The conceptual understanding can be applied in the analysis of various external demands faced by individual organizations and industries and identification of adequate ways to respond to these demands.


The course covers several streams of research that have addressed the intersection between organizations and their environments. These streams include actor-driven, strategy and innovation-related and institutional approaches to organizations and organizational change. These streams differ both with respect to their basic presumptions on the inherent nature of organizations and whether they emphasize the organizations’ opportunities to influence their environments or necessity to accommodate to the conditions defined by them. This way the course also offers several conceptual lenses for those students who are in the opening stages of their Master's Theses and who are especially interested in the realm of organizations and their environments.
The learning goals for the course are:
(1)that you understand the main approaches towards organizations in their environments
(2)that you can contrast different theories that address relations between organizations and their environments
(3)that you can apply these theories to critically analyze problems that arise for individual organizations from change in their environments
(4)that you become aware of how the theories discussed at the course have emerged and developed

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h

The course consists of lectures all of which have been allocated a research article introducing the subject in question. Students prepare notes of the articles and deliver them to the lecturer before each lecture. This supports dialogue on each subject matter at the lectures. The course also includes exercises that further elaborate the individual themes based on reports prepared in student groups. For the final exam students must read both the articles allocated for the lectures and several pre-defined articles from the edited book. Some of the contents of these articles may not be directly addressed at the lectures.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year

Study materials

1. Research articles and other material provided by the lecturer.

2. THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF ORGANIZATION STUDIES, edited by Clegg, Stewart, Cynthia Hardy, Thomas Lawrence, and Walter Nord, 2006.

Belongs to following study modules

Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden laitos
Valinnaiset opinnot (Johtaminen ja organisointi)
Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden laitos
Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden laitos
Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden laitos
Pakolliset opinnot (Johtaminen ja organisointi)
Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden laitos
Syventävät opintojaksot (Johtaminen ja organisointi)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Johtamisen ja yrittäjyyden laitos
Tietojärjestelmätiede (FM)