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Organizational Theory for Profit and Purpose 7,5 Credits

Course Contents

This course presents a spectrum of theories, concepts and models in the fields of business administration that broaden students’ understanding of organizational purpose. The course looks at purpose, motivation and stakeholder engagement from beyond a profit-driven view and includes social, ecological and economical perspectives on what drives human organizing activity. The course provides frameworks to initiate, coordinate and manage organizing processes aiming to develop business models, partnerships, and/or joint ventures to eliminate poverty, inequalities and/or ecological deterioration.

The content reflects the variety of purposes that motivate people in the organizing of socially, ecologically and economically sustainable enterprises including:
  • organizing as an outcome of institutional logics for sustainability such as a purpose-driven logic, a business-driven logic (including a share-holder driven logic, a profit-driven logic) and a hybrid-driven logic,
  • organizing as an outcome of a sensemaking process for sustainability,
  • organizing as modelling sustainable businesses, NGOs and public-sector organizations,
  • organizing by means of building collaborations, networks and partnerships, and
  • organizing for different markets – including the bottom of the pyramid and the lifestyle of health and sustainability.
  • problems and limitations of purely profit-driven purpose
  • problems and limitations of social and ecological approaches to organizational purpose

Connection to Research and Practice
The course is focused on organizational theories and sustainability and connects to research in this area by the following:
  • Connecting students with internal and external faculty who are research focused in the areas of organizational theories and sustainability through lectures and seminars were the researchers own research is used as teaching material.
  • Introducing students to the traditional and contemporary organizational theories in structural and human organizing, institutional logics, and global perspectives on organizing.
  • The practical connections brought into the course are lectures from company guest lectures from the nonprofit sector, project mentoring by experienced consultants on their challenges with these concepts and real live problem-solving cases. Students will also participate in a sustainability event with local organizations.


General entry requirements and 30 credits in Business Administration or equivalent.

Level of Education: Undergraduate
Course code/Ladok code: JOTK10
The course is conducted at: Jönköping International Business School

Upcoming course occasions

Type of course
Study type
Autumn 2024: Aug 19 - Oct 27
Rate of Study
Course coordinator
Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students
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