Accounting, Organizations and Society

Integrating a broad perspective of accounting with organizational behavior and decision making

Understand the broad context in which information systems operate in companies

Information systems are key to the organizations in which they operate as they are part of a company’s infrastructure. The objective of this minor is to become aware of the fact that information systems should not be designed in isolation, but to understand the broad context information systems do operate within companies. This broad context includes basics of traditional bookkeeping combined with modern IT systems, legal and societal requirements regarding Corporate Governance and taxes as well as basic concepts of organizational behavior and decision making.

This minor is a unique course as it combines most relevant aspects of accounting, organizations and society. Amongst others focus is on relevant aspects of accounting and IT systems, corporate governance and organizations and decision-making and tax and organizations. All courses will discuss societal implications and corporate responsibility of doing business. The module is also unique because of its multidisciplinary approach and last but not least because of the variety in teaching methods.

Completing this minor will allow you to understand the effects of integrating traditional bookkeeping with modern IT systems, the legal and societal role of good Corporate Governance as well as the importance of organizational behavior and decision making.

Skills for the job market

After completing the Minor in Accounting Organizations and Society you have a competitive edge through a proven ability to use the insights from law, accounting and organizational behavior in managing business to meet expectations from stakeholders (society). All courses are important in becoming a financial expert like CFO’s, accountants and controllers. The minor enhances career opportunities for all students in their own field of expertise, such as Law, Medicine, Natural and Environmental Sciences, or other (Social) Sciences.

Business Intelligence and Analytics
Learn to fully deploy the potential of data, and business intelligence and analytics solutions, to create a competitive advantage. This course primarily has a managerial focus, but you will also get hands-on experience with relevant BI&A technologies. In addition, industry experts and BI&A consultants will share their insights and experience in weekly workshops.

Organizational Behavior and Decision Making
In this course an examination of the human factor in an organizational context is presented. The course includes an introduction to relevant theories and concepts that can be applied in actual practice. Central is the understanding at the individual, group and organizational levels of social behavior in an organizational context.

Accounting and IT Systems II
After a brief discussion of some basic IT concepts the objective of this course is to understand the theoretical and practical role of an ERP-system in managing business and administrative processes of a company. Using SAP, students will practice preparing a management report about the performance of a company.

Corporate Governance and Accountibility
This course employs an integrated “building-blocks” approach and starts explaining how CG is defined and measured. The relation with accounting practices, internal control, financial reporting, and enterprise risk management will be discussed as well as how executive and supervisory tasks of boards relate to strategies
of management, monitoring, accountability, and control. Among others, the objectives and effectiveness of CG codes and principles will be discussed in depth.

Tax and Organizations
Students will get a basic understanding of Dutch tax law and will be able to understand and discuss major tax issues. During the course income tax, company tax as well as  VAT will be central.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.


This minor is relevant for students in Business Administration and Economics and for students from other bachelor's programmes interested in Accounting and Organizations and their role in society. In case you plan to attend the Postgraduate Accountancy Porgramme to become a Registeraccountant (RA), the content of this minor is mandatory.

VU student: you can register for the courses of the minor via VUnet from 15 July.
Other students: you can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact:
Philip Wallage

Samenvatting Accounting, Organizations and Society




1 semester (30 EC)


1 September


Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Informatica, Wiskunde en Bedrijf


School of Business and Economics