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Course module: 400898-M-6
RM: Foundations of Organization Studies
Course info
Course module400898-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
M Social and Behavioural Sciences (research)
dr. J.P. Bechara
Other course modules lecturer
dr. T.P.L. Buyl
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.T.H. Meeus
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 12/10/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
This course aims to familiarize Research Master SBS students with the Foundations of Organization Studies. More precisely:
  • They will acquire a sound understanding of a selection of current debates in the organization studies field;
  • They will be able to critically apply these insights to a wide range of organizational phenomena and translate them into ideas and designs for empirical research

In this ReMa SBS course, we will focus on theoretical perspectives pertaining to two major organizational questions.

The first question regards how to govern organizations. Governance is an important topic as it deals with organizational decision-making and the organization of our networked world. To answer this question, one can take an internal or external view. The internal view looks at CEOs and upper echelons of organizations, whereas the external view focuses on the governance of relations with external actors (e.g. suppliers).

The second question is about social evaluation, which is the way that people and organizations learn about themselves by comparing themselves with others. Again, we will take an internal and external view. As to the former, we will look at how status and power hierarchies form in the organization. The external social evaluation view addresses how external institutional pressures influence organizations.

Contact person
prof. dr. L.A.G. Oerlemans
Timetable information
RM: Foundations of Organization Studies
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