Changing Organizational Culture

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Doel vak

1. Acquire basic knowledge and understand concepts and theories on
organization culture, and cultural change and intervention
2. Acquire practical tools to design cultural change interventions for
3. Apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to resolve practical
cases of cultural change work in organizational settings

Inhoud vak

The course debates the nature of organizational change and focuses at
interventions in organizational cultures. What is an organizational
culture, and can it be deliberately changed? Frequently, the focus of
cultural change programs is on top-down planned change, where employees
are often regarded as passive receivers of a change process rather than
as active agents who make sense of and shape the change as well. In this
course, students are taught to criticize the top-down, managerialist
approach and emphasize the bottom-up, multi-level (micro, meso, macro)
and multi-actor (top management, middle management, employees) character
of change by focussing at the actual change process and work practices
transpiring at the work floor. Besides gaining basic knowledge regarding
concepts and theories about the subject matter, students are urged to
continuously ask questions, engage in critical debates and to apply
their knowledge in the real world.


Interactive lectures and work groups (compulsory).


The course will be assessed through paper assignment (30%) and exam

Vereiste voorkennis

Participation in Organization Sciences (S_OS)


Alvesson, M. and S. Sveningsson (2015). Changing Organizational Culture.
Cultural change work in progress, Routledge, London.
Furthermore: 15 e-journal articles


Students choose this course in a combination with one other course:
Culture and Identity in Organizations, or Transnational Organizations.

Overige informatie

Participation in working groups is obligatory.

Toelichting Canvas

Canvas will be used for organising feedback on individual papers

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Students are expected have prior knowledge on organizational culture
E.g. Alvesson, M. 2002 Understanding Organisational Culture. London:

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_COC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. A.H. van Marrewijk
Examinator prof. dr. A.H. van Marrewijk
Docenten prof. dr. A.H. van Marrewijk
R.E. Martinius

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