Theories of Organizations in Management

llsma2006  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Theories of Organizations in Management
5 crédits
30.0 h
Coeurderoy Régis;
Thèmes abordés
Students will be asked to read a handful of papers that provide a comprehensive perspective on an important research topic. They will prepare a written and oral presentation and in-depth analysis of one of these papers to be presented during the session in order to start the discussion. Class participation is thus essential; all participants debate on the content, ask questions and discuss the issues raised during the different sessions.
Each student will produce a term paper in which he/she proposes a summary of a paper of his/her choice, criticizes it (theoretical framework, methodology, results, contributions) and propose a research plan for a follow-up study.
So, student performance will be assessed on the basis of
  • Attendance to the seminars and reading groups;
  • Writing of summaries for the activities;
  • Preparation of oral communications and/or written reports related to the topics presented during the activities.
The type and number of activities will be determined in agreement with the coordinator at the beginning of each year.

A la fin de cette unité d’enseignement, l’étudiant est capable de :


On successful completion of this program, each student will acquire the following skills :

  • Develop
  • Communicate

At the end of this course, the student will be able to :

Undertand the different perspectives on organizations and to mobilize concepts in a sound rationale on managerial issues.


La contribution de cette UE au développement et à la maîtrise des compétences et acquis du (des) programme(s) est accessible à la fin de cette fiche, dans la partie « Programmes/formations proposant cette unité d’enseignement (UE) ».
  1.  Introduction to the theories of the firm
  2. Firms, markets and other organizations: theoretical foundations for a puzzle
  3. Behavioural assumptions: rationality and motivation
  4. Theoretical foundations 1: the coordination issue
  5. Theoretical foundations 2: the competence issue
  6. Theoretical foundations 3: the institutional issue
  7. Theoretical foundations 4: the network issue
Méthodes d'enseignement
Continuous evaluation
  • Date: During 6 weeks
  • Type of evaluation: Presentations by paired student of texts on one of the themes of the course
  • Comments: No
Evaluation week
  • Oral: 4 students/hour
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Examination session
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Modes d'évaluation
des acquis des étudiants
Assessment is two part :
  1. Critical analysis of theoretical papers (team work) 50%
  2. Individual exam 50%
Autres infos
La commission d'enseignements de la LSM ajoute des informations complémentaires, i.e.
  • si l'activité est accessible à un public ne maîtrisant pas la langue d'enseignement
  • les équivalences reconnues avec d'autres activités offertes dans des programmes UCL 2...
en ligne
  • Readings on moodle
  • Douma S. and Schreuder H. (2013) Economic Approaches to Organizations, 5th Edition, Pearson.
Faculté ou entité
en charge

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Intitulé du programme
Master [120] en sciences de gestion