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2020/2021  BA-BHAAI1071U  Change Management and The Values-Driven Organization

English Title
Change Management and The Values-Driven Organization

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 120
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Ginger Grant - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact instructor Ginger Grant at gg.msc@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Online teaching
Last updated on 27/04/2021

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Learning objectives
Demonstrate their understanding of the following through an organization of their choice:
  • Describe the importance of organizational structure and dynamics in change management.
  • Discuss the role of organizational culture in change management.
  • Describe the growing importance of values-based leadership in a global context.
  • Recognize and describe cultural platforms in an organizational context.
  • Describe the role of organizational culture in navigating complexity, dealing with ambiguity and resistance to change.
  • Discuss the role of work-related stress and organizational performance.
Course prerequisites
Recommended for 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students.
Change Management and The Values-Driven Organization:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: Home Assignment: 22 June-30 July 2021. Please note that exam will start on the first teaching day and will run in parallel with the course.
Retake exam: Home Assignment: 72-hour home assignment: 27-30 September 2021 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously
3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: 72-hour home assignment: 23–26 November 2020 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously
Exam schedules available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Retake exam: 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages, NEW EXAM QUESTION. Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages, NEW EXAM QUESTION.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Students are introduced to the practice of values-based leadership in private and public sector organizations. The course will explore two developing areas in organizational theory: (1) relationship between human capital and organizational health and (2) organizational change and resistance to change. Tools such as values-based learning/leadership, organizational needs analysis, espoused values mapping, key performance indicators and personal and collective values within an organization will be examined. Discussions will center on the ability of values-driven cultures to provide an alternative voice to the prevailing marketing, psychological and economic discourses in the world of business.  How we embrace productive tensions in cross-cultural and inter-generational communication?  How might values-driven organizations serve as conduit for social innovation? Most importantly, how can such a deeper understanding of a values-driven culture create strategy for a sustainable future?

Preliminary assignment: Ted videos will be assigned. Come to class prepared to discuss.
Class 1: Preliminary discussion. Values-Driven - what does it mean? Setting the stage. The role of phenomenon-driven research.
Class 2: Values Theory/Perspectives. Cross-Cultural Values.
Class 3: Analyzing corporate culture. Schein and corporate culture.
Class 4: Amabile and Kanter on culture. Theory into praxis.
Class 5: Organizational metaphors and the role of storytelling in change management. Data storytelling.
Class 6: Design thinking and beyond. Organizational innovation archetypes.
Feedback activity: stop/start/continue
Class 7: Design Thinking and the role of HCD. Design patterns.
Class 8: Disruptive strategy. Impact of stress (work and/or home).
Class 9: Stakeholder analysis. Phronesis.
Class 10: Values-based leadership and ethics.
Class 11: Upcoming trends and the role of AI (Artificial or Augmented Intelligence)
Description of the teaching methods
This year all courses are taught digitally over the Internet. Instructors will apply direct/live teaching through a link (like Skype, Team, Zoom). In some courses, pre-recorded material will also be used.
Feedback during the teaching period
A stop/start/continue exercise.
Moreover, a research question (problem formulation) must be handed in to the course instructor for her approval no later than 9 July 2021. The instructor will approve the research question (problem formulation) no later than 12 July 2021. The approval is feedback to the student about the instructor's assessment of the problem's relevance and the possibilities of producing a good report. No comment or response to proposed research questions will be made after July 12, 2021.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.


Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams in March 2021.


Expected literature


Mandatory readings:


Alvesson, M. and Spicer, A. (2012). A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations. Journal of Management Studies. Vol. 49(7): pp 1194-1220. (26 pages). Class 3.
Barker, R. and Gower, K. (2010). Strategic Application of Storytelling in Organizations. Journal of Business Communication. Vol. 47(3): pp. 295-312. (17 pages). Class 6.
Beckman, S. and Barry, M. (2009). Design and Innovation through Storytelling. International Journal of Innovation Science. Vol. 1(4). pp. 151-160. (9 pages). Class 6.

Bogers, M., Chesbrough, H. and Moedas, C. (2018). Open Innovation: Research, Practices and Policies. California Management Review Vol 60(2): pp. 5-16. (11 pages). Class 8.

DeCiantis, C. and Grant, G. (2019). Awakening Leadership: The Outer Reaches of Inner Space. in Marques, J. (ed). The Routledge Companion Guide to Management and Workplace Spirituality. New York: Routledge. Pp. 124-139. (15 pages). Class 10.

Flyvberg, B. (2011). Making Social Science Matter. in Papanagnous, G. (ed). Social Science and Policy Challenges. Geneva: UNESCO Publishing. pp 25-56. (26 pages).  Class 9.
Grant, G. (2017). The untapped power of imagination in the workplace. in Neal, J. (ed). Handbook of Personal and Organizational Transformation. Berlin: Springer. pp 1-35. (35 pages). Class 4.

Grant, G. and DeCiantis, C. (2020). What Pepper Can’t Do – and why you should care: in Marques, J. (ed). The Routledge Companion Guide to Inclusive Leadership. New York: Routledge. Pp. 13-25. (13 pages). Class 11.
Kanter, R. (2011). The Institutional Logic of Great Global Firms. HBR working paper 11-119. For IESE Humanizaing the Firm conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2010.  (35 pages). Class 4.

Nygaard, A., Biong, H., Silkoset, R., and Kidwell, R. (2017). Leading by Example: Values-Based Strategy to Instill Ethical Conduct. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 145: pp 133-139 (6 pages). Class 10.
Peltier, C. (2018). An Application of Two-Eyed Seeing: Indigenous Research Methods with Participatory Action Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Vol 1: pp. 1-12. Class 2.

Schwarz, G. and Stensaker, I. (2014). Time to take off the theoretical straight-jacket and (re-)introduce phenomenon-driven research. The Journal of Applied Behavioural Science. Vol 50(4): pp. 478-501. (23 pages). Class 1.

Taylor, J. and Carroll, J. (2010). Corporate Culture Narratives as the Performance of Organizational Meaning. Qualitative Research Journal. Vol. 10(1): 28-39 (11 pages). Class 5.
van Turnhout, K., Bennis, A., Craenmehr, S., Howerda, R., Jacobs, M., Niels, R., Zaad, L.m Hoppenbrouwers, S., Lenior, D., and Bakker, R. (2014). Design Patterns for Mixed-Method Research in HCI. NordiCHI-14, Oct 26-30, 2014. Helsinki. (10 pages). Class 7.


Other relevant course readings may be gathered from peer-reviewed journals (such as the Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization Studies, Academy of Management, etc.) and uploaded for the students on CBS Learn.  

Last updated on 27/04/2021