Official course description:
Full info last published 15/05-20

Organisational Change

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
KBORCHA1KU
Participants max:
130
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered to exchange students:
yes
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price (single subject):
10625 DKK (incl. vat)
Programme
Level:
MSc. Master
Programme:
MSc in Digital Innovation & Management
Staff
Course manager
Assistant Professor
Teacher
Assistant Professor
Course semester
Semester
Efterår 2020
Start
24 August 2020
End
22 January 2021
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ingen censur
Grade Scale
bestået/ikke bestået
Exam Language
GB
Abstract
This course examines organizational change in light of contemporary challenges with digitalization and IT. It explores how organizational theories can help us better understand, and critically reflect upon, such profound challenges, while also offering hands-on approaches and strategies to managing them. Furthermore, it investigates questions of structure, culture, leadership, management, and organizing in order to make students both knowledgeable about, and skilled in the practice of, engaging with organizational change.
Description

This course takes as its point of departure classical organizational and managerial themes but considers them in light of contemporary organizational and managerial challenges. For this reason, both the problems and promises concerning digitalization and IT are at the heart of the course. To be able to understand, analyze, and subsequently develop solutions to support organizational changes related to digitalization, IT, and work, this course especially draws on organizational theory and change management perspectives. The former will furnish students with a conceptual vocabulary drawn primarily from organizational theory, enabling students to critically and reflectively consider problems related to digitalization, IT, and work. The latter shifts the focus of attention away from problems towards the development of relevant solutions, introducing students to a variety of change management theories and leadership approaches designed and developed to support organizational change.


Formal prerequisites

This course is only available for students enrolled in the program Digital Innovation & Management. The student must always meet the admission requirements of the IT University. With that said, this course requires a high level of reading ability in the English language, and the capacity to analyze and synthesize texts.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and account for organizational theories and change management perspectives introduced in the course curriculum in relation to digitalization, IT, and organizational change
  • Identify and analyze empirical problems related to digitalization through concepts and perspectives from organizational theories
  • Identify and apply relevant change management solutions to IT related challenges
  • Reflect upon and discuss the relevance and applicability of different organizational theories and change management perspectives to contemporary organizational change issues related to digitalization and IT.
Learning activities

The course is primarily based on readings, lectures, seminar discussions, and workshop exercises focused on working with analysis, reflections, and as well as with a variety of empirical cases and game simulations. There will be some guest lectures. Students will, therefore, be expected to do the class reading before class, and be prepared to participate in active discussion and debate, exercises and demonstrations.

Mandatory activities

No mandatory activities will be planned for this course. Assignments, however, will be an integral part of the course and its learning trajectory.


The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.

Course literature

1. Digital Organizing (Plesner & Husted 2019)

2.  More to be announced


Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 20%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 15%
  • Assignments: 15%
  • Exam with preparation: 15%
  • Other: 15%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C22: Submission of written work – Take home
Exam submisson description:
Students will be asked to choose between a number of questions, which they are then required to answer in an essay of approximately seven pages. In answering the questions, students are expected to draw, and reflect upon, the course curriculum.
Take home duration:
3 days


reexam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C22: Submission of written work – Take home
Exam submisson description:
Students will be asked to choose between a number of questions, which they are then required to answer in an essay of approximately seven pages. In answering the questions, students are expected to draw, and reflect upon, the course curriculum.
Take home duration:
3 days

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - hand out Mon, 4 Jan 2021, 09:00 - 20:00
Ordinary Exam - submission Thu, 7 Jan 2021, 08:00 - 14:00