Aalto University Open University

Leadership and Change Management

The minor in Leadership and Change Management aims at developing a student’s capabilities in organizing successful teams able to explore and exploit new venture opportunities, in enabling effective collaboration among team members under conditions of uncertainty and time pressure, and in developing leadership skills in driving and transforming technology-based organizations.
Aalto University students / photographer: Aino Huovio

The minor in Leadership and Change Management aims at developing a student’s capabilities in organizing successful teams able to explore and exploit new venture opportunities, in enabling effective collaboration among team members under conditions of uncertainty and time pressure, and in developing leadership skills in driving and transforming technology-based organizations.

The minor places emphasis on the role of people in the success of new and existing companies, as well as on public organizations and society at large. The minor introduces students to knowledge, frameworks and practices, which could resolve crucial challenges encountered at the nexus of engineering and innovation. The primary interests of the minor are leadership and self-leadership, interaction, knowledge sharing, learning, collaboration, wellbeing and the attitudes of people in the context of work. 

The students doing a minor in Leadership and Change Management  will learn to lead and inspire people in technology-intensive environments. They will learn skills and knowledge required to

  • organize groups of people to achieve common goals by using proactive behavior
  • lead and manage change within a dynamic and uncertain environment for the benefit of new and existing organizations
  • enhance teamwork and collaboration among members of entrepreneurial teams in the context of start-ups and of established organizations
  • create and utilize knowledge in emerging forms of organizations.

Students pursuing this minor will learn to understand human behavior and gain skills and knowledge required to

  • analyze and utilize individual and organizational knowledge,
  • evaluate and develop teams, organizations, and work practices,
  • explore human potential and growth and create better collaboration in teams and in organizations.

The minor will bring added value to the student's careers, helping students to integrate people-related knowledge to their special technical and engineering skills. Therefore, the competences and capabilities learnt in this minor create opportunities for proceeding to a number of areas of expertise and management.

Mandatory courses, choose 5-10 credits out of the following:

Ako-E3010 Johtaminen ja johtajuus (5 op) Autumn 2021
TU-E3041 Leadership and Change Management (5 op) Autumn 2021

Elective courses, select as many courses as needed to fulfill the extent of the minor:

TU-E3050 Designing Adaptive and Creative Organizations (5 op) Spring 2022
TU-E3170 Facilitating Change (3 op) Spring 2022
TU-C3022 Organizing of Business (5 op) Autumn 2021 ja Spring 2022
TU-E1021 Strategies for Growth and Renewal (5 op) Spring 2022

Please check the current course selection in the course catalogue.

These courses are not arranged via Open University but can be accepted as a part of Minor studies in Leadership and Change Management:

TU-E3010 Leading as Practice (5 op)
TU-E6150 Technology and Society (5 op)
TU-E3130 Luovan ongelmanratkaisun seminaari (5-8 op)
TU-E0100 Research Assignment (5 op)
TU-E3161 Organization Design and Leadership with varying content (1-10 op)

The following course is not arranged anymore but can be accepted as a part of Minor studies in Leadership and Change Management:

TU-A1150 Filosofia ja systeemiajattelu (3 op)

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