Organizing for Profit and Purpose, 7.5 credits
Organizing for Profit and Purpose, 7,5 högskolepoäng
Course Syllabus for students Autumn 2020
Course Code: JOPK18
Confirmed by: Council for Undergraduate and Masters Education Feb 28, 2018
Revised by: Council for Undergraduate and Masters Education Nov 19, 2019
Valid From: Aug 17, 2020
Version: 2
Education Cycle: First-cycle level
Disciplinary domain: Social sciences
Subject group: FE1
Specialised in: G1F
Main field of study: Business Administration

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

On completion of the course, the students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. explain theories, concepts and models that focus on the spectrum of organizational purposes and how they motivate stakeholders.
2. explain theories, concepts and models that focus on organizing processes to engage stakeholders.

Skills and abilities

3. identify and apply key motivational systems and processes for organizing socially, ecologically and economically sustainable enterprises, NGOs and public-sector companies,
4. develop strategies for integrating broad purpose driven organizing, motivating and communicating methods into more traditional profit driven methods.

Judgement and approach

5. analyze the contextual driving forces influencing processes for organizing socially, ecologically and economically sustainable enterprises, NGOs and public-sector companies,
6. analyze the feasibility of collaborations, networks, partnerships and joint ventures for socially and ecologically sustainable enterprises,NGOs and public-sector companies.


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:

Type of instruction

Lectures, seminars, guest lectures, tutoring, group projects, individual learning journey seminar discussion, and presentations.

The teaching is conducted in English.


30 credits in Business Administration or equivalent.

Examination and grades

The course is graded A, B, C, D, E, FX or F.

The ILOs listed above are assessed through the following types of examination:
Individual assignments (written and oral) (ILO:´s 1-2, 6) representing values 4.,5 credits
Written group report (ILO:´s 3-5) representing values 3 credits.

Registration of examination:
Name of the TestValueGrading
Written group report13 creditsA/B/C/D/E/FX/F
Individual assignments (written and oral)14.5 creditsA/B/C/D/E/FX/F
1 All parts of compulsory examination in the course must be passed with a passing grade (A-E) before a final grade can be set. The final grade of the course is determined by the sum total of points for all parts of examination in the course (0-100 points). Grade is set in accordance to JIBS grading policy.

Course evaluation

It is the responsibility of the examiner to ensure that each course is evaluated. At the outset of the course, evaluators must be identified (elected) among the students. The course evaluation is carried out continuously as well as at the end of the course. On the completion of the course the course evaluators and course examiner discuss the course evaluation and possible improvements. A summary report is created and archived. The reports are followed up by program directors and discussed in program groups and with relevant others (depending on issue e.g. Associate Dean of Education, Associate Dean of faculty, Director of PhD Candidates, Dean and Director of Studies). The next time the course runs, students should be informed of any measures taken to improve the course based on the previous course evaluation.

Other information

Academic integrity
JIBS students are expected to maintain a strong academic integrity. This implies to behave within the boundaries of academic rules and expectations relating to all types of teaching and examination.

Copying someone else’s work is a particularly serious offence and can lead to disciplinary action. When you copy someone else’s work, you are plagiarizing. You must not copy sections of work (such as paragraphs, diagrams, tables and words) from any other person, including another student or any other author. Cutting and pasting is a clear example of plagiarism. There is a workshop and online resources to assist you in not plagiarizing called the Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide. Other forms of breaking academic integrity include (but are not limited to) adding your name to a project you did not work on (or allowing someone to add their name), cheating on an examination, helping other students to cheat and submitting other students work as your own, and using non-allowed electronic equipment during an examination. All of these make you liable to disciplinary action.

Course literature

Selection of articles