Management Control Systems, 7.5 credits

Management Control Systems, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Andrea Fried

Course coordinator

Andrea Fried

Director of studies or equivalent

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic, Pernilla Broberg
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary

Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisation
  • Master's Programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Economics of at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent), alternatively, a bachelor's degree with/and at least 60 ECTS (two semesters of full-time study) of Business Administration-related courses (for example Accounting, Marketing, Organization Theory, Strategy, Finance, HRM).
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.
Exemption from Swedish B.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed the course the students should on an advanced level be able to:

  • support the activities of different parts of an organization.
  • express business information to the members of a organization.
  • assess the effectiveness and efficiency of performances.
  • recommend and set up what action should be taken to attain the organizational goals.
  • suggest how people can be motivated to act in a goal congruent way.

Course content

This course will develop the students’ knowledge and comprehension of how managers influence other members of the organization to implement strategies in an efficient and effective way. The central focus in this course is strategy implementation and an effective use of resources in order to achieve the organizational goals. In particular the course provides knowledge, application and analytical skills to compose management systems and to manage the firm’s performance. Management control involves a variety of activities which the students should be able to operate after having successfully completed the course. The students will be introduced to the nature of management control, its background, definition and theoretical framework. The course focuses on three important aspects of management control. First, the management control environment is discussed. It will help the students to assess strategies and behavior in organizations. The students will also learn how to compose responsibility centers and goal congruent transfer prices. Second, the focus will be on the behavioral implications of strategic planning and budgeting. In this section students will assess problems of performance measurement and management compensation. Finally, in the course students will learn to contrast different strategies, organizational types, multinational business and project environments as situational influencing factors of management control.

Teaching and working methods

The pedagogical core of this course consists of case studies which represent genuine management control practice. The case studies shall challenge students to analyze and assess management control related situations of decision making in organizations. Students need to judge and defend control solutions where no single, straightforward recommendation can be given. The case study seminars will be supported by lectures for providing theoretical grounding. Each week will focus on a specific aspect of management control. The cases will be prepared and defended by student teams. Each team is expected to present and discuss its analysis in class. The teams shall also hand in a short analytical report for every case study. Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course.


The examination is spread out over the whole course period through various examining activities, both individual and team examinations are used.

  • Written exam (individual)
  • Case seminars (team) with oral and written tests.

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the courses study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEMI Case Seminars 4 credits EC
EXAM Written Literature Test 3.5 credits EC
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