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2015/2016  KAN-CCDCO1001U  Organisational Change

English Title
Organisational Change

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
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 - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Project and change management
Last updated on 08-12-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Identify and describe an organisational change challenge related to diversity issues
  • Analyse the change challenge by drawing on the pertinent academic literature and theoretical approaches to organisational change (incl. research papers, reviews, and case studies)
  • Argue for the choice of an empirical methodology to investigate the organisational change challenge and explain the data collection and data analysis procedures
  • Design an intervention plan in relation to the organisational change challenge. The plan should specify tasks relevant to preparation, implementation, and communication
  • Critically reflect and evaluate the strengths and limitations of the chosen theoretical approach and intervention plan in relation to the identified organisational change issue
  • Demonstrate good academic writing skills (clear and accurate writing style in English language, correct use of relevant terminology, coherent structure of arguments, proper use of references)
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 absence 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. 40 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 have to deliver no more than 25 pages, groups of 4 no more than 30 pages and a groups of 5 no more than 35 pages. One page is approximately 2,275 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
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 organisations. The course covers a wide range of topics such as  change management models, resistance to change, change communication and interventions, etc. Furthermore, the course will look at how organisations are affected by contemporary changes in broader society (e.g., increased expectations regarding corporate responsibility or workforce diversity). To investigate actual change challenges in organisational practice, students will be trained in a specific interviewing methodology (i.e. the repertory grid technique). The course involves lectures, workshops, case studies (incl. practitioners), and in-class discussions.

Teaching methods
Lectures, case studies, and (methodology) workshops
Expected literature

To be announced on CBS Learn

Last updated on 08-12-2015