ASRK14004U Organisation, Management and Risk Communication

Volume 2015/2016

Security Risk Management
Only open for students from MSc in Security Risk Management


The course introduces students to the nature and dynamics of organisations, with a particular emphasis on how to manage processes and people within them under conditions of risk. Based on an introduction to organisational theory and recent research within the field of management, the course highlights important managerial dynamics and dilemmas as found in a number of different types of organisations (private as well as public).

The course addresses the challenges post-industrial organisations face; be they from globalisation and regionalisation, from the development on information technology, or the rise of virtual and flexible forms of organisation. These events all pose challenges to the way organisations have been structured traditionally, their processes and practices, as well as to the tools readily available for the manager. Central to these challenges stands a changed set of risks that organisations must handle, both on a day-to-day basis and in their strategic planning.  By emphasising a double focus on the organisation as an actor in relation to other collective actors, as well as on individuals within these collective organisations, the course enables an analytical approach to risk in the context of management and organisation.  The last part of the course will introduce the students to the field of ‘risk communication’ in order to illustrate the close relationship between organisational identity and risk, and to make available the variety of different strategies of, and approaches to, risk communication.

Altogether, the course will consist of four main parts:

  1. Organisational theory
  2. Management
  3. Risk Communication
  4. Exercise in crisis communication: How to communicate an unforeseen event. This practice exercise is based on role-playing and will train the students’ ability to communicate during a crisis. The training takes place in a rehearsal room and will last for approximately three days. It will be executed jointly with private and public sector professionals and the outcome will, for example, be a press release, a news report, a communications strategy or an emergency contingency plan.
Learning Outcome


Students will have in-depth knowledge of core themes, concepts, and theories of organization and management. They will be able to identify and categorize different organizations and their structures, and they will retain a profound understanding of the limits and possibilities of risk communication.


Students will be able to; communicate their knowledge of theories and empirical themes in a systematic and coherent way; make informed decisions about the use and application of theories; be able to analyze organizations in their changing environment using relevant theories and concepts and identify key managerial challenges. Students will, furthermore, be able evaluate the value of different risk communications strategies, depending on setting and organization.


Students will be competent analysts of the relations between an organizational structure and its risk/security environment. They will furthermore be able to assess the appropriateness of different risk communication strategies and independently reflect upon new challenges to organizations.

Course literature is a syllabus of 1,500 pages set by the lecturer and approved by the Board of Studies. If the syllabus includes literature that has been read previously during another course, the student must list additional literature in a supplementary list of literature so that, in total, 1,500 pages of new literature are specified. The student must sign a solemn declaration of compliance with the rule about supplementary literature.

The course is a combination of classroom lectures, guest lectures by practitioners and ongoing discussions with students. The course includes an exercise based on a real-life working situation where students partake in a crisis communication exercise over several days. The outcome is presented in a paper such as a press release.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Exam
  • 158
  • Preparation
  • 336
  • Total
  • 550
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The examination is a written portfolio exam taking the form of a written exam based on 2 sets of questions from which the students can choose.
Exam registration requirements

In order to sign up for the exam, students must have conducted the crisis communication exercise and based on the exercise produce a written paper approved by the lecturer. The approval of the paper is a prerequisite for participating in the final exam.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Criteria for achieving the goals:

  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner