In a dynamic and turbulent environment, innovation and change is necessary for gaining and sustaining competitive advantage. However, introducing novelties in organizations is difficult. In this course, we investigate how firms exploit existing capabilities for remaining successful in current markets based on established technologies or business models, while facilitating exploration to develop new capabilities to grasp future opportunities.
The Master Course Advances in Strategic Change and Learning aims at discussing current topics in the field of leadership, organizational learning and change management. During the course, we answer the questions “Why innovation & change are difficult?” , “Why capabilities lead to path dependency?”, “How firms can overcome path dependency by creating an opportunity space for novelties?”, “How firms can manage their innovation streams?” and “How firms manage change?”. In answering these questions, we combine conceptual inputs with case-study-based learning methods.
The course builds upon the basic knowledge in the field of leadership and management (i.e. strategy, organization, HRM, change management). After completing the course, students are able to contribute to the theoretical discussion in their field and to derive practical insights for their business career as leaders, consultants, and trainers. In particular, they gain knowledge to analyze, to design, and to govern change and learning processes in organizations to achieve strategic objectives.
In order to pass the course at least 51% of the total points need to be achieved. Attendance is not mandatory but highly recommended.