ASRK14010U SRM: Organisation, Management and Leadership

Volume 2017/2018

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


The course introduces students to the nature and dynamics of organizations, with a particular emphasis on different types of organizations, organizational structures, processes and the conditions for management and leadership. Based on an introduction to both classical organizational theory and recent research, the course highlights important managerial dynamics and dilemmas as found in different types of organizations. It also describes organizational strategies for dealing with threats and hazards, such as anticipatory strategies and resiliency strategies.

In recognizing the many different forms and logics of organizations (in the private, public as well as the civil sphere), the course addresses the challenges facing post-industrial organizations; from globalization and regionalization, from the development on information technology, and demands for being virtual, flexible and politically responsible. All these elements and trends pose challenges to the way in which organizations are structured, their decision-making processes and practices, as well as to the tools readily available for the management and leadership. Central to these challenges stands a changed set of risks and security problems that organizations must handle, both on a day-to-day basis and in their strategic planning.

The course consists of three main parts:

Part I. Organization Theory

Part II. Organizational Forms, Logics and Leadership 

Part III. Case-Group Work

Learning Outcome


Students will have in-depth knowledge of core themes, concepts, and theories of organization and management. Students will be able to identify and categorize different organizations, their structures, processes and conditions for leadership.



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 different management and leadership strategies, depending on setting and organization.



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

Course literature is a syllabus of 1800 pages set by the lecturer and approved by the Board of Studies.

The course is a combination of classroom lectures, guest lectures by practitioners and ongoing discussions with students. The course also includes casework on organizational challenges and dilemmas.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Exam
  • 158
  • Preparation
  • 336
  • Total
  • 550
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The examination is a portfolio exam, a combination of a written paper and a final oral exam. In order to sign up for the exam, students must have completed the casework exercise successfully.
Students who fail to pass the exercise can hand in a new/revised paper based on the question chosen.
The exam includes a wider discussion of the syllabus as the examiner is required to evaluate the student in relation to the entire syllabus. The grading is based solely on the oral performance, i.e. the written product is not part of the grading. Each student in a group (max. four) is examined individually. No other member of a group may be present during the examination. Students are allowed to bring an outline consisting of keywords (max. 100 word.) and their risk analysis paper to the exam. No comments or other marks may be added to the outline. The examination time is approximately 30 minutes. The length of the synopsis must not exceed 5 standard pages. The oral performance is assessed by an external examiner and graded according to the seven-point scale.
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