Intervention and Project Management


Course Objective

The objective for the Intervention and Project Management 4.1 course is
for you, as a student of Leadership and Change Management (LCM) master
programme, to (1) know and understand the latest academic theories and
best-practices that apply to the domains of strategic interventions and
project management, including common pathologies in these areas, and the
substantive differences and synergies that exist between the two
professional areas. Our second (2) objective is that we want you to know
and understand how elements of the Change Competence Model (rationale,
effect, focus, energy, connection, and context) relate to both strategic
interventions and project management, including the specific
dysfunctions that may occur if one or several of these elements is
insufficiently addressed. Third, (3) we want you to know and understand
how "hard" and "soft" aspects of strategic interventions and project
management relate to one another, including the specific pathologies
that may occur if either one of them is insufficiently addressed. The
former three objective reside in the area of theoretical understanding
and professional knowledge. Beyond knowledge and understanding, another
(4) objective is that you develop skills and invent effective solutions
in the implementation of strategic interventions and projects, based on
appropriate theories, methods, and techniques commonly used in these
fields (Application of Professonal Knowledge). Another objective in the
area of application, is that we want you, as LCM student, to (5)
demonstrate the social and communication skills that are required to
effectively address project management issues at hand, including the
handling of multiple stakeholders with diverging interests. A final
objective is that we want you, as a student of LCM to (6) take
responsibility for yuor own learning and critically reflect on your own
aspirations, strengths and challenges in the area of project management

Course Content

Managing organizational change and managing projects are crucial
functions in modern organizations. In fact, there is a large and
realistic chance that you with a diploma of Business Administration and
a specialization in Leadership and Change Management, may start your
career as change manager or project manager. In this course your will
learn about the main academic theories and best-practices that apply to
the domains of strategic interventions and project management, such that
you will be able to hit the ground running in these professional fields
when the time comes. We will emphasize the balancing of "hard" elements
(e.g., being "in control" of your [change] project, the international
golden standard of project management, project derailment) and soft
elements (e.g.,
motivation, momentum, teamwork, conflict, leadership, project recovery)
and how to make
"plans" versus the actual execution of plans come together. In this
course we will look for synergies between change and project management
disciplines. For instance, you will learn that the "compass" for
succesful change
management and successful project management is quite similar.
Additionally, some change projects can benefit greatly from careful
project management, and vice versa. Yet, there are also important
distinctions between these professional fields that we will elaborate on
in this course.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and work groups

Method of Assessment

Individual assignment
Group-based assignment
Written exam


Text books and articles

Target Audience

This course is meant for students (and/or exchange students) enrolled in
the Leadership and Change Management master programme

General Information

Course Code E_BA_IPM
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. O.N. Solinger
Examiner dr. O.N. Solinger
Teaching Staff S.F.M. Twaalfhoven MSc
prof. dr. W.D. ten Have

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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