Organizations today often struggle to create meaningful, sustainable changes. Practitioners often draw on popular recipes for managing change rather than research-based insights and approaches.

The course aims to equip students to better manage organizational change by learning underlying theories and perspectives as well as gaining skills and develop their reflection on values and norms guiding change efforts. Through the course, students shall be able to critically assess recipes, templates and models of change that are circulated by consultants and management theorists. The students will also be exposed to a series of cases that are controversial and ambiguous, thus well suited to develop judgment from. The course draws on literature from social psychology, organization theory, culture studies, action research as well as applied management studies of organization development, change management, and design thinking.

Course content

  • Schools of change (i) Change Management
  • Schools of change (i) Organization Development
  • Design thinking
  • Simulation - implementing a sustainability initiative
  • Changing professionals in organizations
  • Cultural change
  • Sustainability engagement
  • Integrating sustainability in organizations
  • Digital transformation
  • Ethics of change
  • Summary and change management challenge
  • Term paper workshop


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