We are all involved in organizations and they are in constant change. To implement a planned organizational change is to face a number of strategic choices in terms of methods and theories that help us achieve our goals. Transformational forces for change on the macro level such as the rapid technological development of internet, more and more customer focus and globalization of goods and services have all a profound cultural and economic effects on organizations, something we need to identify in order to analyze a company's contextual situation. But we also need to understand the micro level - how we as individuals choose to cope with and manage organizational change.
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of theories and methods in the field of organizational development and change management. The course covers theoretical perspectives, models and theories that can be of assistance to analyze, initiate and conduct minor as well as major development projects both in single companies, but also in inter-organizational structures.
The theoretical point of departure can be described in two main streams:
1. Development of the organization's culture and capabilities and 2) development of the organization's economic value. Change through culture development is often conducted with process focus preferably in combination with fully developed concepts such as Lean Production, Total Quality Management, Balanced Score Card, Learning organization, etc. Change with the main focus on the organization's economical value is run from a focus on structure for examples mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, and a desire to "maximize shareholder value".
Questions posed in this course are:
How to choose strategies for organizational change that will lead to sustained success?
How will I cope with changes in todays Organizations?