Organizational Culture and Change

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organizational Culture and Change

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE

    • Knowledge of processes of sensemaking and cultural change within different types of organizational settings.
    • Understanding of different approaches to and complexities of the concept of culture
    • Understanding of cultural processes in different international contexts

    COURSE CONTENT
    Culture as a sensemaking device can be studied in different contexts, on different levels and from various perspectives. The issue what culture is, how culture is created, and whether cultures can be deliberately changed are subject of fundamental debates in organization culture studies. Do (organization) cultures have a shared, unchangeable and distinctive core? Or is cultural change part of the ever-changing day-to-day life of (organizational) members? The relations between culture, power, identity, and agency are key to understanding the complexity and dynamics of the processes of (organizational) (culture) change and collaboration. In this course students develop knowledge of and insight these culture change processes in a broad variety of international and organizational contexts (profit, non- profit, government).

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written examination

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