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2014/2015  KAN-CCDCU1008U  Organisational Change

English Title
Organisational Change

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Dennis Schoeneborn - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 19-08-2014
Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Identify and describe different perspectives to organizational change in general and identify an organizational change challenge related to diversity issues in specific
  • Analyse the organizational change challenge based on the theories presented in the course
  • Compare and discuss the relevance of the theories presented in the course in relation to the identified organizational change challenge
  • Design an intervention plan in relation to the organizational change challenge. The plan must specify tasks relevant to preparation, implementation and follow-up
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention plan and its solution to the identified organizational change issue
Course prerequisites
Bachelor degree
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
The students must present the findings of their project to the case company at a mini-conference organised by the course-coordinator.
Students who due to illness or other excused absense cannot participate in the mini-conference shall instead individually hand in a three pages executive summary of the project.
Organisational Change and Diversity Management:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 5 students in the group
The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance. Further instructions will be provided in class. The papers will be assessed using the standard Danish grading scale.
Size of written product Max. 45 pages
The length of the case report depends on the size of the group. Students will work in groups of 3-5.
Groups of 3 has to deliver no more than 35 pages, groups of 4 no more than 40 pages and a groups of 5 no more than 45 pages. One page is approximately 2275 characters.
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
The re-exam/make-up exam shall be based on the same report as the ordinary exam:
* if a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has been part of handing in the report she/he does not have to submitt a new project report for the make-up exam.
* if an individual student fails the oral exam she/he does not have to submitt a new project report for the re-take exam.
* if a whole group fails they must hand in a revised report for the re-take. The group will then get feedback on the report from the examiner.
Description of the exam procedure
The course is a joint examination between the Diversity Management and Organisational Change courses.

The exam is a group exam based on a group case analysis. The paper shall combine the two courses of Diversity Management and Organisational Change. The students will be presented with a diversity or equality related problem from a company. Based on this problem the students shall make an analysis with focus on the needs for diversity management and diversity work in the organization or on the existing diversity management and diversity work with the use of theories from the course. To continue, based on the analysis of the diversity related organizational change challenge the students shall design an intervention plan to solve it the issues based on the theories from the course. About half of the paper should address the diversity management issues and about half organisational change issues.
Course content and structure

This course is concerned with the challenges of initiating and implementing change within and across organizations. The course covers a broad range of topics such as strategic change, change management, change communication, change patterns and rhythms, path dependency, resistance to change, etc. Furthermore, we will take a look at how contemporary organizations are affected by changes broader society (e.g., increased expectations regarding corporate responsibility or workforce diversity). The course combines lectures with in-class discussions and student (group) presentations.

Teaching methods
Expected literature
To be announced on Learn
Last updated on 19-08-2014