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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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MARIH10 Theories of Organization and Change in Higher Education and Research Institutions 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Research and Innovation in Higher Education
Administrative Science, Higher Education Managem.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Management
Curricula 2015 – 2017


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

General description

The course is offered at the University of Tampere.

Learning outcomes

Student should be able to:
- understand the special nature of HEIs as organisations in terms of organising the production of education, research and innovation
- be familiar with some major organizational theories and use at least one theory to explain phenomena in higher education
- distinguish and assess various types of organisational culture in academic organisations
- understand organisational structures for HEIs and research organisations


- Major organisation theories
- Special organisational characteristics of HEIs and research organisations
- Organisation structures of HEIs
- Organisational cultures in HEIs

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 25 h 0 h
Independent work 92 h 0 h
Seminar 8 h 0 h

Readings, lectures, individual and group exercise

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Exercise  Participation in course work 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Assessment methods: Class participation (30%) Exercise (70%)

Study materials

Birnbaum, R. (1988). How colleges work : The cybernetics of academic
organization and leadership (1st -- ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Manning, K. (2013). Organizational theory in higher education. New Your and London: Routledge.

Scott, W. R., & Davis, G. F. (2007). Organizations and organizing : rational, natural, and open system perspectives. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. Chapters 1-5.

Selection of other readings assigned by the teachers.

Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Management