Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management
Master's Programme in Political Science and Management
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
understand different perspectives on organizational change, and how these perspectives relate to planned change
analyze and understand the basic aspects of organizational change; driving forces, content and magnitude, context and process
handle the basic strategies of change, and knowing under what contingencies they will work
understand the role of leadership in planned change processes, both possibilities and limitations
critically assess the possibility of planned change in different contexts.
The course will give an introduction to different perspectives and metaphores connected to organisational change. The main focus will be on change as a planned and managed process. Furthermore, there will be a discussion on the driving forces of change and how these and their interpretations may create different change processes. Next step is to define different types of change, where changes are differentiated according to the following dimensions: content (structure vs culture), scope (evolution vs punctuation), time perspective, degree of resistance and organisational context (environments and type of organisation). The last part of the course will discuss different change strategies and their contingencies. This part of the course will also debate the role of leadership in planned change, as well as the role of perceived justice in change processes.
Combination of lectures, seminars, group work and presentation of group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
5 hours written individual exam.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.