Perspectives on Organizational Change


Course Objective

This course has two objectives. First, after successfully passing this
course, you will know and understand main theoretical perspectives
on organizational change (Knowledge of Theory). Second, you will also 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. Towards this end we will go through main theoretical
perspectives on organizational change. These perspectives share an aim
to understand and explain how organizations adapt to changing
environment through organizational change but they differ in key
assumptions concerning how to conceptualize and understand
organizational change.

We will learn about these different perspectives not only during
lectures but also by engaging in academic debates. During the tutorials
you will debate against each other with a goal to argue for and defend a
particular perspective. In addition to helping you to be able to explain
these theoretical perspectives, these debates will improve your
professional social skills related to how to create and hold a ground in
a discussion.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written exam – individual assessment
Oral exam - 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 management and organizations.

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
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