Intervention Methodology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-BCU019B
Credits (ECTS)6
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Bachelor Business Administration;
PreviousNext 5
dr. F.A. Bekius
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dr. K.L. Cordova Pozo
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dr. K.L. Cordova Pozo
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Contactperson for the course
dr. K.L. Cordova Pozo
Other course modules lecturer
dr. K.L. Cordova Pozo
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Academic year2021
1  (06/09/2021 to 07/11/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksNWI students who want to participate are requested to send an e-mail to
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course, you are able to …
  • compare relevant theories to justify the link between a particular intervention method and dealing with a messy problem;
  • apply an intervention method that is suitable for managing messy problems, with fellow students as stakeholders;
  • explain and justify the steps taken during an intervention;
  • critically reflect on the process and interpret the outcomes of an intervention with regard to the goals of a project;
  • responsibly and effectively communicate the process and outcomes of an intervention to the stakeholders and client.
The course Intervention Methodology is based on the principle of action-based learning and enables you to apply and develop analytical skills in combination with facilitation skills in interventions. You will be involved in a mock consultancy trajectory, spanning all phases of such a trajectory. In small groups of about four students, the so-called facilitation teams, you start with developing a proposal for participatory intervention to help a client who is confronted with a messy problem. Next, you actually facilitate the participatory intervention you proposed. Finally, you deliver a report to the client, and reflect on the process in order to develop yourself as a consultant.

The course assignments help you learn to responsibly use a particular intervention method, and to provide and communicate well-founded arguments concerning the choice of an intervention method in a particular situation. By letting you practice the role of an advisor/consultant, the role of a stakeholder participating in someone else’s intervention session, and the role of a facilitator, you can experience the difficulties in decision-making processes, as well as the function and value of intervention methods in messy problem situations.

The theoretical background is addressed in the course reader by Rouwette and Franco (2015) and in articles. The mandatory assignments of this course amount to a final assessment product: the Portfolio (consisting of the above-mentioned report and reflection). Be aware that you will work with only four intervention methods, which is a small selection from a broad range of methods and intervention strategies. The choice of specifically these four methods is based upon their accessibility and linked to their use in specific phases of the intervention cycle.

Presumed foreknowledge
All methodology courses from previous years.
Test information
Written exam (80%) + Portfolio (20%) + Participation. Students need to meet the "participation" criteria to receive a final grade for this course. Partial results from the previous year are valid.
NWI minor students who want to participate in the course, can write an e-mail to the Student Information Point ( to register for a workgroup.
Ba 3

Required materials
Rouwette, E.A.J.A. & Franco, L.A. (2015). Messy problems: Practical interventions for working through complexity, uncertainty and conflict (Reader Intervention Methodology, Radboud University). Available from BrightSpace.

Instructional modes

Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

If you have participated in the course before and you want to redo the written exam only, register for the course but do NOT sign up for a WORKGROUP!

If the workgroups are full, please send an e-mail to

Written exam
Test weight80
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 2, Block 5, Block FM-JAAR

Test weight20
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock 1

Test weight0
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock FM-JAAR