Power and Resistance in Organizations (PCR)

Course description

Change and struggle are central aspects of organizational life, and processes of organizational change are penetrated by expressions of power and resistance. Different organizational actors have different interests in managing change, and change initiatives may be met by a range of different responses - from compliance and commitment to resistance.

The course therefore investigates the politics and ongoing struggle of organizational change and how this is enacted by managers, employees and other organizational stakeholders. Rather than providing "quick fix" solutions and alleged "best practices", the course takes a critical and analytical approach necessary to understand the complexity of organizational change. Key topics include manipulation, control and discipline, dissent, cynicism and misbehavior in processes of organizational change.

The course consists of lectures, seminars, group work sessions, written assignments, and peer reviewing.

Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course the students are expected to be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of key ideas and concepts relating to issues of power and be able to relate them to the issues of change and resistance.

On completion of the course, students are also expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. Define, and critically analyze key theoretical concepts in the literature.

Skills and abilities

2. Analyse relevant empirical phenomena based on the course literature.

Judgement and approach

3. A critical and reflective approach to both literature and empirical issues raised in the course

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Course title:
Power and Resistance in Organizations
Semester: Spring term 2020
Study period: 2
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English

Course code: FE4227



Course coordinator:
Toivo Lepp
Head of course:
Anselm Schneider
Anselm Schneider
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