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2021/2022  KAN-CCDCO2003U  Managing Organizational Change: Perspectives on Theory and Practice

English Title
Managing Organizational Change: Perspectives on Theory and Practice

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Jawwad Raja - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Organisation
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 18-06-2021

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Learning objectives
  • Describe and apply the concepts and theories presented throughout the course both theoretically and practically, such as within a case.
  • Analyze a change related issue by identifying key problem areas, and select and apply appropriate management tools to suggest plausible solutions.
  • Apply relevant concepts and theories to analyze a particular change issue within a global organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically discuss key concepts in relation to a given change initiative.
  • Critically reflect on the use of qualitative research methods to examine a change issue.
Managing Organizational Change: Perspectives on Theory and Practice:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Students are allowed to write alone and are expected to hand in max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
There are four different scenaria for the re-exam:
1) if a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has been part of handing in the report s/he does not have to submitt a new project report, but MUST hand in the same project report AGAIN for the re-exam.
2) if an individual student fails the oral exam she/he does not have to submitt a new project report, but MUST hand in the same project report AGAIN for the re-exam.
3) if a whole group fails they must hand in a revised report for the re-take.
4) If you haven't handed in anything for the ordinary exam. You will hand in a project report for the re-exam.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Managing change in global organizations is the core theme within this course, which aims at providing a broad understanding of the key challenges organizations have to grapple with when implementing change. Areas to be explored during the course, but not limited to, may include: change management models, field level change, business model change, identity and image change, new ways of organizing, paradoxical tensions, cultural change programs and group dynamics.


The aims of the course are to:

  • provide students with a critical understanding of theory and practice in relation to change management within global organizations;
  • develop an appreciation of the major current themes and debates in the field of change management;
  • give students an understanding of the main concepts and models that underpin change management;
  • assess the cultural and political factors that shape change initiatives in global organizations;
  • assess the issues associated with the design and implementation of change initiatives, and their impact on employees, and;
  • provide students with an understanding of qualitative research methods to examine change in a global context.
Description of the teaching methods
The course will consist of lectures, group work, case discussion and workshops. Active preparation and participation are expected from the students.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive ongoing feedback from the lecturers throughout the duration of the course, e.g. interactive teaching formats, in-class case discussion, feedback on presentations both individually and in groups. Lecturers will be available for individual or group feedback in both lecture breaks and following each lecture session. In addition, students may arrange meetings during specified office hours for further consultation.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exam 34 hours
Preparation 142 hours
Total 206 hours
Last updated on 18-06-2021