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Change and Innovation

Change and innovation are ever-present feature of a sustainable organizational life. Therefore the minor is set up around the current theories on Change Management and Organisational Development. The student will obtain the knowledge and skills to evaluate the effectiveness of change and innovation processes. Moreover the student will be able to make recommendations on the design of effective change and innovation processes and consolidation of the outcomes.

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  • Semester: Spring
  • Location: Leeuwarden
  • Amount of ECTS: 15
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The programme expands on the knowledge obtained in other parts of the curriculum regarding strategic and change management. HRM policy and Leadership in organizations can be designed in such manner that organizations are more flexible, empowering employee-initiated innovation and enable organizational learning.

Personal talents of people dictate together the amount of success of an organisation. It is important that attention is paid to each unique talent available and that this talent is matched to motivation. An organisation has a real opportunity to excel when personal objectives of staff are aligned with the objectives of an organization. This process involves dedication and will. People make the difference and not ‘the organisation’. Managers that build upon the personal values and passions of the employees, get dedication, flexibility and vision in return. With these ingredients you can create resilient organisations ready for any changes or opportunities.

After completion the student is able to:

  • apply the theoretical models in Change Management;
  • understand the psychological factors leading to resistance;
  • apply the principles of alignment of objectives;
  • assess the necessary leadership styles in different change processes;
  • relate different phases in change management processes to presented cases;
  • evaluate organizational development status quo;
  • evaluate the importance of leadership and the role of HRM instruments in achieving desired results in change processes;
  • present the results of conducted research into the present situation in an organization;
  • reflect on intended learning outcomes and formulate learning objectives for the future.
  • Location: Leeuwarden
  • Semester: Spring
  • Credits: 15 ECTS
  • Level: 3rd year          
  • Entry requirements: Strategic Management module completed
  • Method:  Case Based Learning, module assignment, student-led seminars, (guest) lectures and presentations
  • Examination: Module assignment, student-led seminars and Case Based Learning-participation