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Leadership and Change Management

The minor in Leadership and Change Management aims at developing knowledge and skills in (a) motivating and leading people in technology-based start-ups and organizations and (b) planning and implementing organizational changes in technology-based start-ups and established companies.
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The minor in Leadership and Change Management aims at developing knowledge and skills in (a) motivating and leading people in technology-based start-ups and organizations and (b) planning and implementing organizational changes in technology-based start-ups and established companies.

The Leadership and Change Management  minor emphasizes the role of people in technology-based start-ups and existing companies. The students minoring in Leadership and Change Management  will learn to lead and inspire people in technology-intensive environments. In particular, they will learn about:

  • Various ways to motivate people and how and when to use each of them
  • Various leadership approaches and how and when to use each of them
  • Different types of organizational changes
  • The challenges that managers and employees face during every type of organizational changes
  • How to manage employees during organizational changes
  • The role of emotional intelligence in leadership and change management

This knowledge will allow students to get ready for the following tasks in work-life:

  • organizing teams to achieve common organizational goals
  • enhancing teamwork and collaboration among members of teams in the context of start-ups and established organizations
  • ensuring wellbeing at the workplace
  • ensuring sustainable personal and company growth
  • planning organizational changes (creation vision, communication changes, creating commitment to changes)
  • implementing changes—monitoring psychology of employees (e.g., a threat to identity, fear of changes, etc. ) and taking corrective actions to avoid the resistance to changes

The minor will add value to the student's careers, helping students integrate people-related knowledge into their special technical and engineering skills. Therefore, the competence and capabilities learned in this minor create opportunities for a career as a manager in technology-based start-ups and companies.

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

TU-E3010 Leading as Practice (5 cr) Spring 2023
TU-E3041 Leadership and Change Management (5 cr) Autumn 2022

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

TU-E3050 Designing Adaptive and Creative Organizations (5 cr) Spring 2023
TU-E3170 Facilitating Change (3 cr) Spring 2023
TU-C3022 Organizing of Business (5 cr) Spring 2023
TU-E1021 Strategies for Growth and Renewal (5 cr) Spring 2023

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-E0100 Research Assignment (5 cr)
 

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