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Managing Organisations

Managing Organisations

Code: SCS4PO043
Scope: 6-12 ECTS
Timing: 5th - 6th semester
Language: English or Finnish
Curriculum: All Porvoo Curricula
Level: Professional studies
Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

This is a top-up course for students who are interested in organisational management. Student should have completed the basic and professional studies in Organisational Development, Leadership and Management SCS2LC (RG, RM) 0021 and 2.
The course is made of three modules: Basics 6 cr +mentoring and practicing management functions with junior project teams 3 cr+ Project/Research 3 cr. The course is a part of the professional specialisation studies (AS0)

Learning objectives and assessment

Grade 1
He/she is aware of management functions and has basic understanding of both organizational and leadership theories. He/she can recognise different types of organisations and the respective management needs and styles. He/she can apply some of the theories with help. Student has challenges of self-management and needs external motivation to work.
He/she can work in teams as a team member when aided and lead strictly.

Grade 3
He/she has good understanding of management functions and good command of organizational and leadership theories and styles. He she can recognize the connection between the types of organistions and management styles and can apply the theories on different cases and real life situations.
He/she can organize teams, assign tasks and contribute to reaching goals.

Grade 5
He/she has excellent analythical and problem solving skills; can analyse organisations and suggest development plan
He/she shows excellent leadership and management skills and command of relevant theories as well as their real life applications. He/she can lead many different teams effectively by analyzing the situation and the needs of the team members.
He/she takes initiative and acts always responsibly.

Passed courses are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria are presented for grades 1 - 3 - 5.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

If students have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can show the competence with a demonstration and progress faster through their studies. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at MyNet.

Working life connections

Students can make use of different life situations like their thesis work to bring content to discussions and activities. They can also work with the junior students as mentors/coaches.

Cases from different projects that students currently work will create the main content, but cases from real organisations will also be used. Guest lecturers will be invited to share their experiences.


Guest lecturers from international companies, international project/student teams, and international learning materials will establish the international dimension of the course.


The Course derives its content from four management functions and other relevant topics

  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Leading
  • Controlling
  • Organizational theories and behavior
  • Corporate social responsibility

Learning methods

Contact lessons
Individual, pair and team assignments
Independent studies
The assessment of one’s own learning


Participation and activity in class 30%
Assignments 50%
Self-assessment 20%

Course teacher(s)

Yucel Ger, Porvoo

Learning materials

Burchell, M.&  Robin, J. 2010. Great Workplace : How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters 

Chalofsky, N. E. 2010.  Meaningful Workplaces : Integrating the Individual and the Organization  

Armstrong, M. 2012. Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice

Afsaneh Nahavandi: The art and science of leadership. 7th edition. Pearson 2015

Belbin, R.M. 2008. Management Teams. Elsevier

Katzenbach, J.R. & Smith, D.K. 1993. The Wisdom of Teams, Creating a High-Performance Organization.

Nonaka, I. & Takeuchi, H. 1995 (tai uudempi) The Knowledge Creating Company. Oxford University Press

Senge, Peter M. 1990. The Fifth Discipline The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. Doubleday

Helgesen, Sally. Title: The female advantage : women’s ways of leadership / Sally Helgesen. Format: Book Published: New York : Doubleday Currency, 1990.