Frontiers in Management Research (FRIMAN)

Course description

The course aims to give the student understanding about management and organizations in different societal sectors (the industry, the public sector and the civil society), but also about management in different organizational forms (business corporations, public organizations, associations and hybrid organizations).

The course builds on knowledge from earlier courses in organization and management, but in particular has a starting point in the understanding that organizations are likely to have been established for different purposes and that different organizational forms are likely to have different capacities to fulfil different objectives. A core theme in the course is that organizations do not passively adapt to their environments, they are more likely to actively be engaged in constructing demands directed towards them from their environments, as well as being involved in the development of the society at large. Since management can be understood as attempts from a certain group of actors to shape order in different social situations, the course encourage the students to challenge their accumulated knowledge about organization and management by focusing on the fact that organizations may exist for different purposes, and are likely to be run in different organizational forms, and that management is dependent of the social contexts where it is performed. Expected learning objectives

The overall objective of the course is that the students should learn that it is important to understand the relations between management and the organizational form that characterized particular activities, and that organizations may have different aims with what they do and why they do it.

After passed course the student is expected to have: Knowledge and understanding in: 1. Defining that and how organizations are embedded in different social contexts. 2. Defining how organization that are established for different purposes may have different short, and long-term objectives. 3. Defining the possibilities of different organizational forms to handle different social challenges and achieve different short and long-term objectives. Skills and capabilities in 4. Implementing knowledge in order to analyse social contexts and challenges, and suggest appropriate organizational forms and management methods in order to handle them. 5. Valuing frontiers of management, different organizational contexts and organizational forms, as well as the appropriateness of different management methods in order to shape a desired and appropriate order.

Course literature


Furusten, S. 2013, Institutional Theory and Organizational Change, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (hardback, paperback, e-book)


Ek-Österberg, E and Rombach, B (eds), 2019, Leadership is the problem – and therefore not the solution, Stockholm: Santérus förlag


Notes from lectures and a Selection of academic articles


Information about recommended readings to different course events is to be found under course material (kursmaterial)


Please Note !

There will be no new admissions to this course.

Course title:
Frontiers in Management Research
Semester: Spring term 2020
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Undergraduate level (first cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English


Course coordinator:
Ezra Alexander
Head of course:
Staffan Furusten