Performance Management (PMA)

Course description

The past decades have seen dramatic increases in the explicit use of performance measurement techniques for measuring, controlling and managing organizational performance. The rationale behind these developments has been an assumption that measuring performance leads to better organizational results. The aim of the course is to understand and be able to discuss some of the challenges and/or potential for managing that are implied by underlying assumptions of performance management.  

The initial parts of this course introduce techniques and tools for performance management. The course then focuses on elaborating and problematizing the understanding of performance management through different theoretical perspectives, aiming to advance analytical skills on the topic. 

The course is designed to reach the learning objectives by a combination of activities. The basic learning comes from reading the literature, reflecting, discussing, writing and presenting ideas and analysis both orally and in written text. The course covers different theories and problematizing perspectives in lectures and readings. The seminar series provides opportunities to practice the application of theories and problematizing perspectives on various aspects of performance management. The seminars also serve as an opportunity to discuss the course literature, in small groups as well as in class. While the course literature is central, the idea is also for each student to try to make sense of the course theme in relation to her or his own interests in management studies. Seminars thus depend much on your input, and the lecture and seminars will be supplemented by independent study. You are also encouraged to meet informally with classmates to discuss the readings and assignments.

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Course title:
Performance Management
Semester: Autumn term 2019
Study period: 4
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Undergraduate level (first cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English

Course code: FE3432



Course coordinator:
Toivo Lepp
Head of course:
Andreas Sundström
Andreas Sundström
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