SOL20 Managing Strategic Change
Organizations pursue strategic change in response to changes in the external environment and to improve firm performance. Managing large-scale organizational change has proven difficult and as many as 70-75% of all planned change initiatives fail to reach their goals. This course provides the students with an analytical framework that allows them to better understand, organize and manage planned change processes in organizations. Students are trained in practical application of the framework through the use of teaching cases and practical change exercises. Topics include: analyzing the context and content of change, making implementation choices, understanding and handling reactions to change, change agent skills and roles, and managing the transition.
Knowledge - upon successful completion the student
- can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of central themes and theories of strategic change
- is familiar with the basics from research on strategic change
- has a critical and reflective approach to understanding strategic change
- can demonstrate a reflective approach to real-life strategic change processes
Skills - upon successful completion the student can
- apply research-based models and theories to analyze strategic change
- reflect on strengths and weaknesses of their own analysis
- identify relevant information to organize and plan strategic change in an organization
- make research-based suggestions on how to manage strategic change
- can understand and communicate various approaches to change
- can understand and communicate various reactions to change
- can engage in a meaningful and reflective dialogue with industry members/managers/practitioners on strategic change
The course will be delivered with a combination of a) lectures at campus, that will consist of a combination of lectures, case discussions and change exercises, b) digital/online lessons.
The course aims to develop skills on planned organizational change at the individual and team level. Practical exercises and case work is therefore included as a key component in the pedagogical course design.
Recommend some understanding of strategy, e.g. introductory book on strategic management.
Requirements for course approval
Course approval requirements:
1 group-based case analysis hand-in (approved/not approved)
2 individual project reflection notes (approved/not approved)
Retake: Previously awarded course approval is valid also when requirements for course approval has been changed.
Four hour Individual home exam (case-based), between 09:00 and 13:00 on the exam day.
Balogun, J., Hope Hailey, V. and Gustafsson, S. 2016. Exploring Strategic Change. 4th ed. Pearson.
Collection of cases will be made available electronically.
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Autumn. Offered Autumn 2021
Associate Professor Birthe Kåfjord Lange, Department of Strategy and Management