Course code AOS335

AOS335 Organisational Change

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Course responsible: Gro Ladegård
Teachers: Sigurd Henning Rysstad
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Course contents:
All organisations must relate to relatively frequent changes in their market opportunities and/or regulatory requirements. In this course we shall study how managers can contribute to improve their organisation's ability to handle both internal and external opportunities and limitations. This implies to secure an understanding in the organisation for the need for change, diagnosing what needs to be changed, and plan, initiate and implement desired change processes.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge on:

  • What creates needs for change in organisations?
  • Central theories on change and change processes
  • How to manage change processes

This course emphasizes the analysis of changes related to digitalization and  sustainability. .

Abilities to:

  • Diagnose needs for change
  • Analyse change processes in organisations
  • Understand what drives change processes, and based on relevant theories and methods present suggestions for how these can be managed
  • Apply theories and models to analyse a change situation and present relevant solutions

General competence:

  • be able to reflect on what organisational change is and how change can be managed
  • have ability for ethical reflection and corporate responsibility in change processes
Learning activities:
A combination of lectures, oral presentations and group assignments. The students will conduct fieldwork in groups, under supervision.
Teaching support:
Supervision and oral feedback on the groupwork by appointment, in addition to discussions in the classroom.
Textbook and selected papers.
AOS130, and AOS230,  or similar. 
Recommended prerequisites:
AOS235 and AOS237 or similar,
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory participation in lectures, group discussion, presentations and field work (see teaching scedule in Canvas)

Combined assessment: Group report (60%), and an on-site 3,5 hours exam (40%) during the exam period (40%).

Grades A-F.

There will be no organized repeat exam in this course.

Nominal workload:
Total work load is estimated to 250 work hours.
Entrance requirements:
The course is for master students at NMBU.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

The teaching will take place as a four-hour session a week for 12 weeks.

The hours will be devoted to lectures, group work and presentations.

This will be explained in more detail at the start of the course.

An external examiner will assess the curriculum and principles for evaluation. Grades will be set by the teacher.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades