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Change and Innovation

”Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change” – Richard Branson


Change isn’t easy, but it is far better than being stuck. The 21st century organisations are confronted with dynamic and ever-changing environments. Organisational change and innovation are therefore pre-requisites for staying competitive. This minor is about setting the right conditions in any  organisation in order to facilitate and to encourage change and innovation processes on both organisational and personal levels.


Have you ever experienced being stuck? What did it take to change? You might know that it is not easy to change your own conduct. Then just imagine what efforts are needed for organisational change and to strive for continuous innovation. In this minor, we explore the mechanisms, psychology and tools to empower employee-initiated innovation and to facilitate organisational learning. Building up personal values and developing passions of employment often lead to commitment, dedication, flexibility and a shared vision in return. Adaptive organisations are created to be ready for any challenge or opportunity.


The minor applies various educational activities, including working according to design thinking principles. Furthermore in this minor, change agent experts are ready to share their lessons learned with you. You will learn about change on an organisational level and with focal points towards your own personal leadership as well. Change and innovation is an essential must-have for any future business professional.


The minor expands on the knowledge obtained in other parts of the curriculum regarding change and innovation management. This minor enables students to learn and to apply change and innovation aspects concerning:

  • Developments in the organisational environment (VUCA) and trends in organisation;
  • Leadership, culture and power in relation to organisational change;
  • Developing effective change and innovation strategies & interventions;
  • Change on an organisational, group as well as personal level;
  • Approaches in organisational development and learning;

Acknowledging and appraising personal talents from a growth mindset.


Completion of first two years of any course in the field of business or commerce.


Project assignment, Student-led seminars, Case-based Learning & Reflection portfolio.


Compulsory literature

Other needed literature is available at the library of NHL Stenden.


fulltime during 9 weeks.