Master of Science in Business

Major in Leadership and Change

Customise your Master of Science in Business degree by choosing a major in Leadership and Change.

Why choose a major in Leadership and Change?

A major in Leadership and Change gives you the skills you need to lead change, innovation, and development efforts in organisations. It has relevance for a broad range of future roles, including those who lead change from below. The major combines an orientation to organisational excellence with psychology, fostering a dual attention to growing business and people at the same time.

Campus Bergen

You can now enroll in the Master of Science in Business programme with a major in Leadership and Change at our campus in Bergen, which started offering this programme in autumn 2019. Read more on why you should consider Campus Bergen. The following video will give you insight into how this new master option will impact the business clusters in Bergen.


Master of Science in Bergen

What will you learn?

This major provides you with a state-of-the-art integration of theory and rigorous research with stimulating cases and practical application. You will gain an up-to-date knowledge base in leadership and change research. This includes both classical themes of the psychology of communication, motivation and influence, as well anew themes in leadership research from practice-based studies, positive organisational scholarship, and design thinking.

Among the courses, you will find:

  • Managing Knowledge Work, Creativity and Innovation: Contemporary research and practice based knowledge of the most important topics, concepts, and contributions within the fields of knowledge work, creativity and innovation management.
  • Leadership in Organisations: What is leadership? How does leadership relate to organisational performance? Can leadership be measured? Get an introduction to leadership as an empirical research field.
  • Change Management: Learn a more diverse range of perspectives and tools for managing change, including emergent change, networks of influence, power, participation, cultural change and design thinking.


Programme Structure

The academic year at BI is divided into two semester, one in the autumn and one in spring. There are exams at the end of each semester. This programme structure provides an overview of which courses you will be taking and when you will be taking them.

Maren Grønås Birkeland IT Consultant Itelligence Making employees believe in change

Student perspective

Meet some of our students and hear directly what they have experienced in the Master of Science in Business programme with a major in Leadership and Change. 

Student perspective

Faculty perspective

Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Science in Business major in Leadership and Change, Arne Carlsen, explains how his time at SINTEF, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan influenced him, and how he is trying to incorporate it into the major.

Faculty perspective

Industry perspective

Digital transformation at Telenor: BI Alumnus and Senior VP, Anne Flagstad, talks about Telenor's path to become a leader in digital transformation, and the importance of leadership and change in this process.

Industry perspective