Excerpt from course description

Strategic Change Management in the Education Sector


The programme is part of the Master of Management degree in School Management at Norwegian Business School BI and can also be taken as a separate part-time programme. 

Management and Change in the School -  MAN 5148 -  comprises the foundation of the Master’s program in School Management, while Strategic Change Management in the Education Sector is included in its entirety together with 3 other courses, each of them for 15 credits.   

As a part of the Master’s programme in school management, Strategic Change Management in the Education Sector is meant to function as a link between the first and third year of study.  While the first year of study (headmaster’s school) gives a broad overview of school management and the third year engages students by having them analyze their own schools and develop a strategy to change them, Strategic Change Management in the Education Sector – as one of two courses in the second year -- aims to give students a deeper theoretical  understanding of strategy and management (approached for the school sector), such that students have a better professional foundation in their work to change their own school in the third year.  The programme will in this way function as a link between the first and third years of the Master’s in School Management and make this a more integrative Master’s degree.

Course content

Strategic analysis and their implementation in educational institutions

  • Point of departure: the school’s “mission” and goals
  • Environment: significant players and drivers of change  
  • Governmental framework conditions
  • International development characteristics  
  • The activity’s strategic resources and priorities
  • Directional choices and priorities
  • Action plan for implementation

    Education leadership for effective organisation and implementation

  • Organisational roles, authority and responsibility
  • Minimum hierarchy: delegation to the lowest effective level
  • Effective decision-making and implementational processes in organisations
  • The moment of truth: the meeting between teacher and pupil  
  • Professional sub-cultures and professional cooperation  
  • Horisontal processes and coordination
  • Cooperation with external players  

    Management of strategic change processes in educational institutions  

  • Phases of the change process
  • Management “top-down” and adaptation “bottom-up”
  • Change willingness and change opposition
  • Management of strategy and change processes
  • Conflict management, power and negotiations
  • Influence and change of organisational cultures


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