What are the characteristics of the most suitable change approach: planned or emergent, participatory or directive, top-down or bottom up?
Responding to the ever-changing market and new developments is essential for the survival of today's organisations. That's why change is crucial for organisations. This creates a need for change experts who know how to design and manage change processes.
In the MSc CM, which is both academically rigorous and societally relevant, you will learn to deal with the complexity of organisational change as a dynamic interplay of organisational, technological, cultural and human factors. You will develop a solid understanding of the diversity in paradigms, theories and approaches that characterise the international scientific and professional field of change management as well as critical academic thinking as core elements of your professional toolkit. The programme offers you a diverse and challenging environment in which you actively and responsibly co-create your learning experiences. You will be a member of a lively learning community of dedicated students (approx. 75), staff and expert practitioners that prepares you for a career in a globalising world.
Deciding not to take the beaten track
After my BSc I wanted to investigate another subject area and opted for Change Management. The programme deals with developments in Change Management, the things that influence it, and project management.
This academic year I'm combining the MSc in Change Management with an administrative internship at UniPartners Groningen, an organisation affiliated to the University that tries to bridge the gap between higher education and industry by involving students in consultancy projects in companies.
Combining studies and administration means I have to work particularly hard, especially since the studies are very demanding. A lot is expected of you, and the lecturers are critical of everything. After my BSc in International Business & Management I decided not to take the beaten track. I wanted to investigate another subject area and opted for Change Management. The backbone of the MSc programme for me is the Field Course, which deals with developments in Change Management, the things that influence it, and project management. Your level of thinking goes up by leaps and bounds because you have to take a critical approach to the subject matter.
I hope to graduate in six months' time. I'm not sure what I shall do then. I want to have a good think about it in the summer: whether to continue my studies somewhere else or to start working. There's a good chance I shall go into consultancy, where I'd like to do something with people, as they often play an important role in organisational change.
"There is an active Master's Community that organizes many activities where you can get to know fellow changers and create a bridge between theory and practice."
"After finishing my HBO Bachelor's in Human Resource Management
and my pre-Master's, I started the Master's in Change Management. I
learned a lot about business, but most importantly about how people
behave in business and in related change projects and how you can
get employees to support the change.
The course units are given in small groups and interaction is encouraged, also in larger lectures. The lecturers are enthusiastic and they encourage you to be critical of the lecture material. The Master's is highly academic but because of this interaction and the use of cases it also has a practical orientation. There is an active Master's Community that organizes many activities where you can get to know fellow changers and create a bridge between theory and practice. If you're looking for a Master's programme with a strong business focus as well as a human side, with critical, inspiring and enthusiastic professors and a dynamic field that never gets boring, then Change Management is the one for you."