Change Management; how to successfully drive change in organisations (1st semester 23/24)
Nowadays change is the only constant factor in peoples’ professional (and personal) lives. To become a successful professional, being able to deal with change is of the highest importance. Though, most change initiatives fail or do not produce the desired outcomes.
What is it all about?
This minor introduces you to the challenging and fun field of change from multiple perspectives. It offers you an opportunity to develop your change competences so that you are better equipped to deal with change in future
What’s in it for me?
During this minor you will develop the competence to successfully plan, execute, and evaluate organizational change. You will develop this competence by participating in what we call a ‘Change experience’: an 18-week project where you work with four or five fellow students on a real-life case of an organization, city, or industry that is on the eve of a major change. In that project your goal is to make real impact by making stakeholders enthusiastic for your change plans, to the extent that they want to carry your plans forward.
After the minor, you will be able to:
- Make an analysis of external developments which can be of influence on the organization.
- Set up a business model.
- Formulate strategic options based on the analyses.
- Analyse your own organization in terms of strengths and weaknesses.
- Formulate strategic objectives in such a way that operational objectives can be derived from them.
- Diagnose a complex situation with appropriate diagnosis models.
- Provide insight into how the current situation is maintained by various factors.
- Identify the core of the change issue.
- Properly substantiate the choice for a specific change strategy, considering the nature of the issue, the change history of the organization, the change agents and the energy and resistance of all those involved.
- Translate the chosen change strategy in an intervention plan with a mix of interventions, aimed at the effective and efficient implementation of the change (including a training plan).
- Develop a communication plan which fits the change strategy.
- Determine the feasibility of the intended change (financial, legal and organizational).
- Write a resistance handling plan.
Propaedeutic certificate obtained
Kotter, J. P. (2012). Leading change. Harvard Business School Publishing. ISBN:
The assessment will consist of an individual essay, a group report, a presentation and an individual process
This minor provides you with a range of competencies. You will:
- Be able to successfully plan, execute, and evaluate organizational change.
- Gain research skills.
- Gain communication skills.
- Gain entrepreneurial skills.
- Gain development-oriented skills.
- Gain innovative skills.
- Gain organizing skills.