Organizational Change Management

Course outline:


General Information:


School: Economics & Social Sciences

Department: Business Administration

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

Course code: 502

Semester: E

Course title: Organizational Change Management


Weekly teaching hours: 4

Type of course: mandatory/general background

Prerequisite courses: No

Language of instruction and exams: Greek

The course is offered to Erasmus students: Yes

Course URL: —


Learning outcomes:


The course introduces to students the most fundamental and current principles of change management. Particular focus is placed on the application of the above principles, by means of analyzing in depth the prospective improvements of the economic environment. The course, which aims to frame the current socio-economic requirement for a smooth and timely adaptation to the ever-changing conditions, manages the theory of Change Management as a complete set of principles, methods and practices, as well as usages to identify, process and effectively manage changes in both businesses and organizations.


Modern conditions and the ever-changing environment shape the need to adapt to multidimensional business developments. A necessary condition for the survival and development of organizations is the cultivation of the ability to understand the internal and external environment, the development of systems for monitoring the performance of multiple business dimensions and making changes when deemed necessary. In this context, it is critical for any organization to know and manage change.


Modern managers should be able — by means developing skills to introduce organizational changes— to convince of the usefulness of their proposals and innovative ideas, so that they are accepted and implemented. But most importantly, they should be able to first “establish" and then effectively implement the organizational changes proposed by the Management in the Team, the Department, the Directorate.



Upon the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:


-     know in depth the principles of change management

-     identify the parameters of change in business environments

-     analyze and plan administrative changes in order to improve the effectiveness of organizations.

-     understand the types of strategic changes

-     apply different change management models, as appropriate

-     recognize and manage forms of resistance to change

-     successfully complete a business change plan.


General Skills:

-     Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

-     Adaptation to new situations

-     Decision making

-     Autonomous work

-     Teamwork

-     Work in an international environment

-     Work in an interdisciplinary environment

-     Generating new research ideas

-     Project planning and management

-     Respect for diversity and multiculturalism

-     Respect for the natural environment

-     Demonstration of social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

-     Development of criticism and self-criticism

-     Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking

-     Other skills


Moreover, the course aims to develop the following general skills:


-     Critical ability and self-criticism

-     Ability to cooperate

-     Interpersonal skills

-     Search data using the necessary technologies


Course Content:

•    Introduction to Change Management (Types of change, The need for change)

•    Definition, nature and specifics of change - Concept of change management (Change Management)

•    Characteristics of organizational change. Types, styles, roles, routines, symbolic actions, powers and

•    political influences, etc.

•    Stages of Change Management/The Role of Leadership in Change Management

•    Changes in today's complex global environment

•    Effects on organizations, businesses

•    Causes and types of organizational change

•    Dimensions and strategies of change

•    Readiness for change and its strategic management. Managing evolutionary and revolutionary change

•    Change management models

•    Barriers and resistances to change

•    Conflict management and crisis management

Teaching & Learning Methods - Evaluation

-     Method of delivery: face-to-face

-     Use of information and communication technologies: Use of information and communication technologies in teaching, laboratory education, communication with students. Electronic communication with students, learning-process support through the “e-class” online platform.



Activities & Semester Workload

Lectures: 39 hours

Study of references: 65 hours

Submission of assignments: 20 hours

Exam preparation: 26 hours

Total: 150 hours



Evaluation of students:


The evaluation will be carried out by taking into account the final grade in the exams, and the grade of the assignment.


Recommended bibliography:




•    Ρωσσίδης, Γ., Μπελιάς, Δ. & Ασπρίδης, Γ.  (2019). Διαχείριση αλλαγών και Ηγεσία. Εκδ. Τζιόλα

•    Senior, B. & Swailes, S. (2016). Οργανωσιακή αλλαγή. Εκδ. Broken Hill Publ.

•    Harvard Business Review γιατηναλλαγή (2003). Εκδ. Κλειδάριθμος

•    Γεωργόπουλος Α. (2015). Αναδιοργάνωση και μάνατζμεντ αλλαγών στις επιχειρήσεις. Κάλλιπος.

•    Γεωργόπουλος Α., Μαρούδας Λ., Πολυχρονίου Π., (2019). ΣύγχρονοΜάνατζμεντ. ΕκδόσειςΜπένου.



•    Paton, R., McCalman, J. (2008) Change Management: A Guide to Effective Implementation. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

•    Ostroff, F. (2006) Change Management in Government. Harvard Business Review. Sociedade



•    Journal of Organizational Change Management

Journal of Change Management