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SDG234 Innovation, Change Management and Sustainability

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to actively participate in innovation and change processes in an organization. Classes have a practical approach, using cases/ practical exercises to illustrate innovation and change and methods for innovation and change

  • Management theories and strategies
  • Innovation in existing companies, value creation, and entrepreneurship
  • Systems of innovation, innovation ecosystems, clusters and value chains
  • The age of innovation, digitalization and current issues relating to digitalization
  • The project as a tool for innovation and change
  • Coaching and self-management
  • Organizational learning and development
  • Resistance to change
  • Digital transformation
  • Sustainable development
  • Co-creation and the age of collaboration

The course is a part of the The Norwegian West Coast SDG Educational Initiative at The Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences: Sustainable Economics, Management and Innovations (SEMI).

Learning Outcome


On completion of this course students will have knowledge about:

  • Central theories, models and strategies for innovation and change in established private businesses and public sector
  • Strategies and management of innovation and change, digitalization and strategies for digitalization
  • How innovation creates value and competitive advantage
  • How leaders can build innovation capacity.
  • Organizational solutions that facilitate innovation and renewal in the established business.​
  • How to apply change management theories in various contexts
  • The effect of change at an individual level and methods for managing such challenges


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyze a chosen organization based on theories of innovation and change
  • Plan innovation and change processes and suggest strategy, leadership, and methods
  • Suggest measures for taking care of the individual during change processes

General competence

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the need for innovation and change and methods for managing such processes
  • Reflect on planning and implementation of innovation and change processes

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Organization I and Organization II, or similar.

Teaching methods

Lectures, team work, practical problems/exercises and cases.

Compulsory learning activities

Two mandatory learning activities (written assignments) must be approved before you can take the exam.

These learning activities should be completed in groups of 3-5 participants.


Group-based home examination (three days) with adjusting oral examination.

The grade will be announced at least 24 hours before the adjusting oral examination starts. The grade may be adjusted up or down by a maximum of one grade after the oral exam. The grade for the adjusting oral exam is identical to the final grade.

The grade after the oral exam can be set individually for each group member.

Oral exam duration 40 minutes

The time for the home exam deadline will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

The date and time for the oral examination will be specified at the start of the semester

Grading scale is A-F where F is fail.

Examination support material

Oral exam: none

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • ØAA113 - Innovasjons- og endringsleiing - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints