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Course module: 441074-B-6
Organization Theory
Course info
Course module441074-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
M Organization Studies
PM Organization Studies
Minor Organization Studies
Convenant TSB
prof. dr. M.T.H. Meeus
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. L.A.G. Oerlemans
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.M.M.W.E. Timans
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 at developing fundamental knowledge about important contemporary organization theories. The learning goals of this course consist of aspects we cover for each theory. By passing this course students are able for each organization theory:

  • To reproduce correctly definitions of the main concepts;
  • To reproduce and explain main assumptions;
  • To reproduce, explain and apply baseline conceptual models and advanced models on relevant topics;
  • To correctly formulate the main hypotheses, and the arguments grounding these hypotheses;
  • To read and understand academic papers that test the theory in distinct empirical domains.

Together these learning goals constitute the ability to judge the extent into which organization research is based on sound and complete theories.

Recommended Prerequisites

Introduction to Organization Studies
This course cover the following organization theories: goal setting theory, social interdependence theory, dynamic capability theory (micro, intra-organizational theories); resource dependence theory, transaction cost theory  (meso-, boundary spanning, environment-to-organization theories), neo-institutional theory (macro-theories).
Throughout the lectures theories are presented systematically in the same way. First, the basics of every theory are explained by the Whetten scheme, including the main thrust of the theory. Next, the main assumptions and basic concepts are presented, these are subsequently modeled into the format of a conceptual model, and explained with a series of distinct arguments grouding the hypotheses derived from the model. At least one empirical paper testing the theory is presented. In the tutorials, we discuss several aspects of each block of theories, and explain main constructs, measurement and modeling issues with assignments that resemble exam questions.
Course available for exchange students
Available for all levels
Contact person
prof. dr. L.A.G. Oerlemans
Timetable information
Organization Theory
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2119-12-2020
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2226-01-2021
Required materials
The compulsory material for the final exam consists out of a list of articles. This list will be made available on the Canvas course page throughout October 2020.
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