GRA 2425 Change Management

GRA 2425 Change Management

Course code: 
GRA 2425
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Jon Erland B Lervik
Course name in Norwegian: 
Change Management
Product category: 
MSc in Business - Leadership and Change
2024 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

Organizations today often struggle to create meaningful, sustainable changes. Practitioners often draw on popular recipes for managing change rather than research-based insights and approaches.

The course aims to equip students to better manage organizational change by learning underlying theories and perspectives as well as gaining skills and develop their reflection on values and norms guiding change efforts. Through the course, students shall be able to critically assess recipes, templates and models of change that are circulated by consultants and management theorists. The students will also be exposed to a series of cases that are controversial and ambiguous, thus well suited to develop judgment from. The course draws on literature from social psychology, organization theory, culture studies, action research as well as applied management studies of organization development, change management, and design thinking.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completing the course the students should:

  • Know different models for managing planned and emergent change processes.
  • Understand how a change process is rarely linear and episodic, but is characterized by fluctuations, adjustment, and sequencing of activities. 
  • Know how change agents can attend to and address recipient reactions to change
  • Understand how sustainability transitions at the organization level entails integrating new objectives, and changing formal structures, work processes and beliefs. 
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course the students should be able to:

  • Assess an organization’s need for and readiness for change
  • Mobilize engagement and communicate need for change towards sustainability. 
  • Develop and evaluate systematic plans of action that carefully sets out and sequences the various stages of deliberate change processes
  • Involve stakeholders in change processes
  • Develop inquiry skills to tap into recipients understandings of change processes
General Competence

After completing the course the students should be:

  • Reflective and critical towards popular recipes for planned change
  • Aware how change management models are based on different assumptions about employee motivation and skills. 
  • Aware of ethical dilemmas in change processes
  • Conscious about the impact of organizational change on individual recipients 
Course content
  • Schools of change (i) Change Management
  • Schools of change (i) Organization Development
  • Design thinking
  • Simulation - implementing a sustainability initiative
  • Changing professionals in organizations
  • Cultural change
  • Sustainability engagement
  • Integrating sustainability in organizations
  • Digital transformation
  • Ethics of change
  • Summary and change management challenge
  • Term paper workshop
Teaching and learning activities

The course will be a combination of lectures, action learning exercises, case discussions, student poster presentations, paper discussions, simulations and other interactive learning elements.

This is a course that emphasizes action learning and students' active involvement. Class participation is mandatory, and active involvement in group assignments and class discussions is required for students to fully benefit from the course. Minimum expectations are that assigned cases, articles and book chapters are read thoroughly prior to each lecture, so that students are well prepared for small group discussions or theoretically informed case analyses.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Continuous assessment will no longer exist as an examination form from autumn 2023. For questions regarding previous results, contact InfoHub.

It is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.


All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 6)
1 Semester(s)
Portfolio submission. Throughout the course, students are asked to submit minor hand-ins, ranging from individual reflection notes and group assignments. Taken together to one final submission, this constitutes 30% of the course grade.
Exam code: 
GRA 24252
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
1 Semester(s)
A central learning element of the course is the term paper project which will be conducted in small groups of 3 students (smaller groups by exception). The term paper (70% of grade) should empirically analyze an event of major organizational change event/process in a public, private or non-profit organization.
Exam code: 
GRA 24253
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
28 Hour(s)
4 Hour(s)
Feedback activities and counselling
3 Hour(s)
Seminar groups
20 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
30 Hour(s)
50 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
25 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.