Agents and Instruments of Change

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode EBM052A05
Vaknaam Agents and Instruments of Change
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Agents and Instruments of Change
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
1. give an overview of instruments for diagnosing change situations and processes
2. give an overview of change intervention instruments
3. describe the change agents and analyze the nature of their roles in change processes
4. reflect on the nature of an instrument and the consequences for its application
5. analyse the interactions of and between the change characteristics, the roles, and the instruments
6. diagnose a change situation by an adequate use of instruments that fit the agent's perspective
7. choose a coherent set of instruments that fits the situation based on a systematic diagosis
Omschrijving In this course the emphasis lies on doing organizational change, on the changing process itself consisting of the agents, their assumptions and strategies, their interventions in the organizational system and their interactions with the actors involved. To this end you will be asked to observe, describe, analyze, plan and review change processes. The course follows an action-oriented approach: case-based learning by the group, and experiential learning during a simulation. You will work from a planned change perspective; will learn to balance WHAT and HOW issues in diagnosing change situations; and will build arguments for choosing relevant interventions at different levels. The course aims to facilitate and contribute to the development of your toolbox, in terms of possible roles and interventions. It also invites you to critically appraise the role of change agents and of their interventions in creating and sustaining conditions for change. While the course's emphasis lies on planned change management, you will be asked to reflect on its limitations and may play with or explore its boundaries.
Uren per week 1
Onderwijsvorm -gastcollege ,  -hoorcollege ,  -werkcollege
(Hours per week:between 2 and 6)
Toetsvorm -groepsopdracht,  -groepspresentatie,  -schriftelijk tentamen (open vragen)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. M.A.G. van Offenbeek
Docent(en) M.L. Hage, PhD. ,dr. M.A.G. van Offenbeek
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selected sections from Managing Change, 2009 (p. 303-315 plus parts ch. 10 and 11)

Burnes, B.
Organizational Change: An Action-Oriented Toolkit, Thousand Oaks, Sage, 2019 Cawsey, T.F., C.A. Ingols 9781483359304 ca. €  45,00
Philosophies of Organizational Change,
perspectives, models and theories for managing change, 2nd edition 2021


Smith, C.T., Skinner, J. & Read, D. 978 1 80088 843 2
Reader Various
Entreevoorwaarden BSc in a related field; active BSc level knowledge of management and organization theories.
Opmerkingen As this course is a part of a coherent master program, reference may be made to and you can and may have to draw on the other core courses' literature.
Secretary: Dalys Valdez, email d.valdez@rug.nl, phone +31 (0)50 363 4303
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc BA - Change Management  (basisprogramma MSc BA Change Management) 1 semester II a verplicht