Global Organizational Change


Course Objective

In particular, the learning goals of the course are:

(1) Have thorough knowledge of relevant theory and methods, and an
evidence-based approach to solving complex business problems:
- Students show mastery of theories related to organizational change at
global scale
- Students design substantiated solutions to complex practical problems
and find opportunities to formulate innovative ideas based on
appropriate change theories

(2) Have the professional and social skills to interact with other
- Students can communicate effectively to various audiences their
knowledge of theory and/or their solutions to problems regarding
organizational change on a global scale

Course Content

With the advent of digital technologies and emergence of new markets and
competition from across the globe, organizations increasingly face a
need for addressing organizational change beyond the borders of a
particular country. This course centers on understanding the dynamics
and enablers of effective organizational change in a global scale. In
this course, you will understand how competition beyond local markets
requires organizations to adapt their strategy making and execution
approaches. The types of questions that we address are: what are the
organizational and managerial requirements of leading organizational
change in a global context? What potential roles can foreign
subsidiaries play in the MNEs global strategy? How do companies choose
an optimal global structure? How do companies ensure coordination
between the headquarters and its subsidiaries, and among subsidiaries?
How do MNEs manage organizational renewal in the face of disruption? How
do global organizations manage business model change or implement dual
or multiple business model simultaneously? What are the dynamics of
platform competition in the context of global ecosystems and what
determines success of global firms in such ecosystems.

The aim of this course is to prepare participants for a future position
in a companies who are engaged in or aspire global business or a
consultancy firm addressing strategy problems of such organizations. The
course is organized in four interrelated parts:
• Part I Foundations of Global Organizational Change introduces key
concepts of organizational change and discusses the particular aspects
of achieving or retaining a global competitive advantage.
• Part II Organizational Determinants of Managing Global
organizational change looks into the roles of managers, routines,
structures, processes, and practices for effective respond to the need
for organizational change of global organizations.
• Part III Cross-organizational Determinants of Managing Global
organizational change looks into the factors beyond organizational
boundaries, for example the determinants of effective partnerships,
mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, dealing with heterogenous
markets and institutional environments.
• Part IV The Future of Global Organizational Change explores some of
the contemporary issues in Global Organizational change

Teaching Methods

Lecture, workgroups (case tutorials), practitioner guest lectures, Group
project tutorials

Method of Assessment

Take-home exam (essay); team project; case assignments and tutorials;
Pop-up quizes


A selection of papers (practioner oriented and academic), Course slides

Target Audience

َThe course provides unique content that is appropriate for all Business
Administeration students with an interest in digital transfromation, but
there is a particular focus on global organizations that makes it
essential for IM and Strategy students.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_GOC
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. S. Khanagha
Examiner dr. S. Khanagha
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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