Perspectives on Organizational Change


Course Objective

Aim of this course is to make you able to understand organizational
change from various theoretical perspectives as well as argue for and
defend a particular perspective through written and oral communication.
This overall goal comprises the following three learning objectives.
First objective is to know and understand main theoretical perspectives
on organizational change (Knowledge of Theory). Second objective is to
be able to integrate main theoretical perspectives on change into an
academic essay that provides a theoretical, creative, and holistic
understanding of change (Academic and Research Skills). Third objective
is to be able to be able to argue for and defend a particular
perspective on organizational change during a debate (Professional
Social Skills).

Course Content

This course provides students means for understanding organizational
change. Change is one of the most complex issues in the theory and
management of organizations. To understand such complexity, during the
course we will go through main theoretical perspectives to
organizational change. These share the aim to understand and explain
organizational change but they differ in key assumptions concerning how
to conceptualize and understand organizational change.

In addition to learning about academic theories of organizational
change, we will practice how to argue for a particular perspective in

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written exam – individual assessment
Oral exam - individual assessment
Written assignment - individual assessment

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.


Required Reading: A selection of academic papers to be announced during
the first lecture of the course.

Recommended background knowledge

Bachelor’s level understanding of organizations and management.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_TOC
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. R.A. Ruotsalainen
Examiner dr. R.A. Ruotsalainen
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
Target audiences

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