Strategic Change
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MST023
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Business Administration;
dr. ir. S. Witjes
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dr. ir. S. Witjes
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Contactperson for the course
dr. ir. S. Witjes
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dr. ir. S. Witjes
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Academic year2022
2  (07/11/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

At the end of the course, students should know:

  • How a strategy process works, what visions, approaches and modes exist and what their advantages and disadvantages are.
  • What factors, dilemmas and change conditions of strategic change play a role in implementing the changes.
  • The differences and similarities between strategic questions and other management-related questions concerning change of organisations.
  • What models, methods and instruments exist for managing and controlling strategic change.
  • How change projects can be managed professionally.

Students should be able to apply:

  • An analysis of assessments of various strategic process plans.
  • An analysis of the relevance of certain factors, dilemmas and change conditions of a strategic process.
  • A well-supported and complete picture of several factors, dilemmas and change conditions of a specific strategic process.
  • An analysis of the relationships between the performance and dynamic capabilities of an organisation.
  • An institutional perspective to strategic change
  • Students should be able to develop an attitude that could be described as:
    • Critical/Analytical
    • Independent
    • Constructive
    • Creative

Strategic management can generally be divided into strategic analyses, strategic choices and strategy implementation. The focus of this course is on the 'how' of the process. The unit of analysis of this course is the changes of an organisation related to the implementation of the strategy, for example as stated in the course description for Corporate Strategy. More specifically, the course emphasises dynamic capabilities, as a way of understanding strategic change in organisations. In addition the course looks at changes that expand the boundaries of a single organisation. This has been referred to as institutional change, which is ever more common, but also more complex due to the number of stakeholders involved.

Topics include the following:

  • What is strategic change management?
  • Various theoretical approaches to change
  • The different levels of strategic change (field or organisation)
  • Resources and dynamic capabilities
  • Organisation structure and design
  • Acceptance and resistance
  • Learning process and culture.

Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor's degree. Course: Strategy and the Nonmarket Environment.
Test information
Assignments + peer evaluation + paper + essay exam. Partial grades do NOT remain valid for the next year.

Ma 1

Required materials
Selected papers as included in the course guide and gathered by the groups during the course. Both can be found via RUquest.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes
Type of instructional modeTutorial

Team report
Test weight50
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock 2

Test weight50
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3