Laajuus: 6

Aikataulu: 30.10.2018 - 04.12.2018

Vastuuopettaja (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kirsi Eräranta

Kurssin yhteystiedot (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): 

Opetusperiodi (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period II (2018-2019), Töölö campus
Period II (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Osaamistavoitteet (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, students are able to
• Examine key concepts, frameworks and theories for understanding organizational change, change management and change communication
• Analyze and evaluate practices and processes of communication through which change is made sense of and managed in organizations
• Act as change agents by preparing, justifying and carrying out effective communication strategies for different contexts of organizational change

Sisältö (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is based on the assumption that change is the normal condition of organizational life and that an effective communication system is the key to successful change management in all organizations. It is designed to provide students with conceptual frameworks and practical tools they need to manage and communicate organizational and strategic change and to excel as change agents. The course focuses specifically on what the managers need to know about the processes and practices of communication through which top-down initiated change projects and emergent change processes can be managed and coordinated in organizations. Topics covered in the course include e.g. types of organizational change; resistance to change; change management models; and communication approaches and strategies for managing change.

Tarkennukset kurssin sisältöön (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): 

See schedule below

Toteutus, työmuodot ja arvosteluperusteet (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% assignments

Tarkennetut arviointiperusteet ja -menetelmät ja tutustuminen arviointiin (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): 

  1. Sessions (lectures, discussions, exercises, presentations) 8 x 3 h. Mandatory assignments on 30 Oct, 15 Nov, 22 Nov & 4 Dec.
  2. Four response papers / individual work (10 % each, 40 % of course grade) 
  3. Change management and communication plan / group work (25 % of course grade) 

  4. Presentation of change management and communication plan / group work (15 % of course grade) 

  5. Reflective journal and team work evaluation sheet / individual work (20 % of course grade) 

Grading 1-5. In order to pass the course, the student will have to gain a “pass” from all assignments. The assessment of assignments is based on rubrics (see Assignments). Students are acquainted with the evaluation and feedback methods in the first class meeting.

Työmäärä toteutustavoittain (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 24 h
Independent work 136 h
Total 160 h (6 ECTS)

Oppimateriaali (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A package of readings specified by the teacher.

Tarkennukset oppimateriaaliin (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): 

Compulsory readings

  • Lewis, Laurie K. (2014). Organizational Change and Innovation. In Putnam, Linda L. and Mumby, Dennis K. (Eds), The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication: Advances in Theory, Research, and Methods. Third edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 503-524.
  • Kotter, John P. (1995). Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail. Harvard Business Review. March-April 1995, 59-67.
  • Barrett, Deborah J. (2002). Change communication: using strategic employee communication to facilitate major change. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 7:4, 219-231.
  • Stouten, Jeroen, Rousseau, Denise M. and De Cremer, David (2018). Successful organizational change: integrating the management practice and scholarly literatures. Academy of Management Annals 12:2, 752-788.
  • Bisel, Ryan S. and Barge, J. Kevin (2011). Discursive positioning and planned change in organizations. Human Relations 64:2, 257–283. OR
  • Lewis, Laurie K. and Russ, Travis L. (2012). Soliciting and Using Input During Organizational Change Initiatives: What Are Practitioners Doing? Management Communication Quarterly 26:2, 267–294.
  • (1) Sonenshein, Scott (2010) We’re changing—or are we? Untangling the role of progressive, regressive, and stability narratives during strategic 
change implementation. Academy of Management Journal 53:3, 477–512. OR
  • (2) Cornelissen, Joep P., Holt, Robin, and Zundel, Mike (2011). The Role of Analogy and Metaphor in the Framing and Legitimization of Strategic Change. Organization Studies 32:12, 1701–1716. AND
  • (2) Ford, Jeffrey D., Ford, Laurie W. and D’Amelio, Angelo (2008). Resistance to change: the rest of the story. Academy of Management Review 33:2, 362-377.

Recommended readings

  • Caldwell, Raymond (2003) Models of Change Agency: A fourfold Classification. British Journal of Management 14, 131-142. 
  • Mantere, Saku, Schildt, Henri A. and Sillince, John A.A. (2012) Reversal of Strategic Change. Academy of Management Journal 55:1, 172-196.
  • Vaara, Eero (2002) On the Discursive Construction of Success/Failure in Narratives of Post-Merger Integration. Organization Studies 23/2, 211-248.
  • Van De Ven, Andrew H. and Poole, Marshall Scott (1995) Explaining development and change in organizations. Academy of Management Review 2:3, 510-540. 

Korvaavuudet (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

[Master's Program in Corporate Communication: The course on Managing Corporate Communication (75E00100) is not available anymore. Instead students take the course on Change Management and Communication (77E27000).]

Arvosteluasteikko (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Ilmoittautuminen (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi

Lisätietoja (voimassa 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Priority list:
1. CC/MIB students
2. CC/MIB minor students
3. Other BIZ students
4. Other Aalto students

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory.

Toteutuksen lisätiedot (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): 

All plagiarism and other violations against ethical standards will result in disciplinary action. For more details see Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity and Handling Thereof

Our principle is that each team makes sure that all team members contribute to the team work process and outcomes. If there is a problem with lack of contribution, please consult the teacher. In case all other team members agree, it is possible to give a particular team member a lower grade than the others, or fail him/her altogether. Please make use of this possibility, if necessary.

Kurssin aikataulu (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): 

  • All Tuesday sessions (6) are held (at 14:15-17) in G-109 (KPMG) in Chydenia.
  • All Thursday workshops (2) are held (at 14:15-17) in A-309 in the main building.


Session / assignment


Tue 30 Oct
Introduction to the course

Practical info & forming teams (mandatory assignments)
Thu 1 Nov at 8 pm *DL Response paper 1

Lewis (2014). Read also Kotter (1995) & Barrett (2002) (need not to be included in RP1)
Tue 6 Nov

Change in organizations

Visitor: Salla Ketola, Sales & Customer Experience Director, VR

Thu 8 Nov at 8 pm*DL Response paper 2

Stouten et al. (2018)

Tue 13 Nov

Managing change

Visitor: Jenni Rantanen, Communications Manager, Terveystalo
Thu 15 Nov

Writing workshop

Written exercises + peer feedback (mandatory assignments)
Thu 15 Nov at 8 pm *DL Response paper 3

Choose either Bisel & Barge (2011) OR Lewis & Russ (2012)
Tue 20 Nov

Communicating change

Visitor: Saara Bange, Associate Director, Aalto EE

Thu 22 Nov 

Speaking workshop

Oral exercises & peer feedback (mandatory assignments)
Thu 22 Nov at 8 pm*DL Response paper 4

Choose either Sonenshein (2010) OR Cornelissen et al. (2011) AND Ford et al. (2008)
Tue 27 Nov

Making sense of change

Visitor: Aleksi Soini, Doctoral Candidate, Aalto University
Mon 3 Dec at 8 pm*DL Presentation slides

Tue 4 Dec

End of course

Group presentations (mandatory assignments)

Sun 9 Dec at 8 pm*DL Change management and communication plan
Fri 14 Dec at 8 pm*DL Reflective journal and group work evaluation sheet 

Opintojakson kuvaus

Ilmoittautuminen ja lisätiedot