Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Leading Change and Transformation

Degree programme International Management and Leadership
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Master
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title Leading Change and Transformation
Course unit code 080322024002
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4
Name of lecturer(s) Willy Christian KRIZ
Requirements and Prerequisites

International Leadership

Course content


  • Causes and drivers of change processes in organizations
  • Fundamentals of organisational development (OD) Learning Organization and Action Learning Cycle
  • Types and models of change processes
  • Phase and component models of OD Psychological phase models for dealing with transformation
  • Adopter types
  • Causes, characteristics and use of resistance/conflicts
  • Interventions in change processes
  • Participation forms in change projects
  • Large-scale interventions and participative workshop methods and their areas of application
  • Role and competences of change agents
  • Leading Change
  • Roles and situational leadership styles in different change models and phases
  • Leadership and dealing with resistance and motivation in transformation processes
Learning outcomes

This course builds on the “Fundamemtals of International Leadership” course and focuses on leading change. Dealing with change and transformation and to lead employees through resistance are main challenges leaders have to face in our modern VUCA world.


  • can compare different change strategies and phases of a change process.
  • are able to describe and reflect the role of change agents and leadership in different types of transformation processes. can plan a process-oriented and adequate procedure and intervention methods for exemplary, concrete change situations in a company.
  • understand different coping reactions and resistance of people to change and have a broad repertoire of methods for constructively dealing with them.
  • can analyze a case study with different concepts of change management and organizational development.
  • are able to identify and compare the structure, success criteria, risks, as well as the necessary organization and planning of intervention methods including large-group methods.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • simulation game (e.g. SysTeamsChange or comparable method) with debriefing and integrated exercises
  • lectures and discussion
  • study of literature and literature reviews
Assessment methods and criteria
  • group work and presentation in small groups on a specific leadership and change case
  • individual literature review
  • individual short paper about the use of a change intervention method/tool.

Extensive Simulation Game material is provided.

Recommended or required reading

Yukl, Gary A. (2018): Leadership in Organizations. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.

Kotter, John P. (1996): Leading Change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Cummings, Thomas G.; Worley Christopher G. (2018): Organization Development and Change. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage.

Jorgensen, Hans-Henrik; Bruehl, Oliver; Franke, Neele (2014). Making change work...while the work keeps changing. How change architects lead and manage organizational change. Somers: IBM Institute for Business Value.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance.