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    Managing Organisational Transformation and Change


    Organisational Transformation in a Global World

    Follow-up / Interfaces:

    Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Managing the Knowledge Dimension, Principles of Leadership




    Lecture, case studies, role plays,
    group tasks, plenum discussions


    Presentation & Term paper

    ECTS points:

    5 ECTS

    Total workload:

    125hrs (classroom 40hrs; class prep & wrap-up 30hrs,
    assignments 15hrs, exam prep & term papers 40hrs)


    Prof. Dr. Katrin Winkler & Harley Lovegrove

    Aims and objectives:

    This course module strives to set the framework and context for organisational change and transformation projects by first answering the question of why change is necessary in today’s world and how you can identify the need for change. Additionally it focusses on the people element of change and how we can manage this element successfully.  In the overall context of driving organisational change and transformation the people side is crucial and will differentiate between success and failure of the endeavor. So a clear management and steering of the people side is inevitable.

    Intended learning outcomes:

    On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

    • clearly outline the psychological elements of change and transfer them to a specific real-life scenario
    • analyze change scenarios based on a theoretical framework
    • choose the relevant tools and methods to create acceptance in a change scenario

    Course textbooks: 

    Will be provided prior to the start of the class

    Content of Managing Organisational Transformation and Change: 

    As a first part based on a clear understanding of the reason why change is a given, the nature of change and its implications are reflected from a psychological point of view to clearly understand human behavioral patterns in the context of a change situation and how to deal with them.

    Secondly as leaders, a clear understanding of these psychological processes is important to be able to drive and implement change. The leader’s role in this setting is key. Therefore this module links to the leadership module through a more in-depth review of the leadership skills needed to successfully lead change and bring people with you. The question if change can actually be managed will be discussed based on latest leadership theories. In this context, communication as one of the key success factors of a change process will be elaborated on and relevant behavior trained in a scenario approach.

    Thirdly as a leader to be able to transform and change an organisation you need a clear understanding of talent management and how to identify the right people to help you drive the change. In this context the following questions will be addressed: How do you identify the “right” individuals in your transformation team? Who are open and willing to change and are your ambassadors of the transformation project? What are their relevant competencies? And even more important: How do you bring people with you who have low tolerance of ambiguity and actually fear anything uncertain?

    Recommended supplemental readings: 

    Cameron, E. & Green, M. (2015). Making Sense of Change Management. 4thedition. London: Kogan.

    Dievernich, F., Tokarski, K. & Gong, J., editors (2015). Change Management and the Human Factor. Heidelberg: Springer.

    Doppler, K. & Lauterburg, C. (2014). Change Management. Den Unternehmenswandel gestalten. 13., aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage, Frankfurt: Campus.

    Heath, C. & Heath D. (2010). Switch. How to change things when change is hard. New York: Broadway Books.

    Kelley, B. (2016). Charting Change. A visual toolkit for making change stick. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Kotter, J. (2014). Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World. Harvard Business Review Press.

    Kotter, J. (1995). Leading Change: Why transformation efforts fail. In: Harvard Business Review, Mar-Apr 1995, Vol. 73, Issue 2, 59.

    Lauer, T. (2014). Change Management. Grundlagen und Erfolgsfaktoren. Berlin: Springer.

    Stegmaier, R. (2016). Management von Veränderungsprozessen. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

    Vahs, D. (2009). Organisation, Ein Lehr- und Managementbuch. 7. Auflage. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel

    von Hehn, S., Cornelissen, N. & Braun, C. (2016). Kulturwandel in Organisationen. Berlin: Springer.

    von Rosenstiel et al., Hrsg. (2012). Change Management Praxisfälle. Veränderungsschwerpunkte Organisation, Team, Individuum. Berlin: Springer.

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