ELE 3716 Organization and Change

ELE 3716 Organization and Change

Course code: 
ELE 3716
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Anders Gautvik-Minker
Course name in Norwegian: 
Organization and Change
Product category: 
Bachelor - Electives
2019 Autumn
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

This course provides the students with a relevant theoretical and practical background for understanding and influencing organizational processes including Management, Leadership, Organizational Development and Change(ODC) and Social Responsibility explicitly presented through the Business Conduct Guidelines of an organization.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

During the course students shall:

  • Acquire understanding of how organizational theory deals with how to design organizations
  • Develop understanding of Management and leadership, including personal traits and role theory, as well as Bolsman & Deal's four different managerial ways (frames) to view an organization.
  • Acquire knowledge of Organizational Development and Change (ODC) theory.
Learning outcomes - Skills

The students are introduced to a number of operational diagnoses and intervention techniques. Based on case examples, they will acquire skills related to the diagnosis and intervention process.

General Competence

The students are expected to develop a critical, independent and ethical view of the theories and practices related to organizational behaviour and organizational change.

Course content
  • Introduction to organization theory and classification of theories
  • Making sense of organizations
  • An introduction to the Four Frames of managerial thinking (structural, human, political and symbolic) and the reframing process
  • Organizational mapping, structuring, and reengineering
  • Organizing groups along with teams, and reducing resistance to change further by organizational communication
  • People in Organizations- how to hire, invest and empower employees
  • How to build and implement a human resource strategy
  • Recruiting procedures including Personal Traits and Role Theory
  • Defining Organization Development and Change (ODC) – a brief history of ODC, interventions as of organization theories
  • Managing ODC processes - diagnoses, interventions, Action Research and ethical guidelines
  • Social Responsibility and Business Conduct Guidelines
  • Case Studies based on organizational problems in real organizations
  • Summary, recapitulation, preparation for the examination
Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of a total of 42 hours of lectures and case discussions. The lectures will not cover the complete syllabus. The purpose of the actual teaching is to define the main lines and to undertake an in-depth discussion of certain topics and examples. The students themselves are responsible for covering the complete syllabus. Group work related to exercises and active participation in class is recommended.  

In order to pass the control examination (see Examination below), the students should work continuously on the multiple-choice questions that are developed for each chapter of the textbook and for the Article part I, II and III.

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

For electives re-sit is normally offered at the next scheduled course. If an elective is discontinued or is not initiated in the semester it is offered, re-sit will be offered in the electives ordinary semester.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Required prerequisite knowledge

No prerequisites are required.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Structured test
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Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
0Yes1 Hour(s)
  • Bilingual dictionary
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Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No72 Hour(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Structured test
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • Bilingual dictionary
Duration:1 Hour(s)
Exam code:ELE37161
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Support materials:
Duration:72 Hour(s)
Exam code:ELE37162
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
42 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
133 Hour(s)
25 Hour(s)
Term paper (24 hours) and control examination (1 hour)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.