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Organizational change as a student project
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
organizational change, improvement, quality tools, collaborative learning, graduate course
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283578OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283578DiVA: diva2:919348
Conference
18th QMOD conference ON QUALITY AND SERVICE SCIENCES ICQSS 2015
Note

 

Organizational change as a student project

 

Anette Oxenswärdh, PhD, Senior University Lecturer,

anette.oxenswardh@angstrom.uu.se

Uppsala University - Campus Gotland

Department of Industrial Engineering

SE-621 67 Visby, Sweden

 

Anette Oxenswärdh is a senior lecturer in leadership and organization. She earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in organizational improvement and development at Stockholm University. Her current interests are Quality Management, Leadership and organizations and issues of responsibility within organizational context.

 

Maria Fredriksson – PhD, Senior University Lecturer,

maria.fredriksson@angstrom.uu.se

Uppsala University - Campus Gotland

Department of Industrial Engineering

SE-621 67 Visby, Sweden

 

Maria Fredriksson is a senior lecturer in quality management. She earned her M.Sc. in Social Sciences and her Ph.D. in Quality Management at Luleå University of Technology. Her current interests are Quality Management in organizations.

Abstract

Purpose

 

Changes, planned and spontaneous, have always occurred in organizations. However, the impact on organizations’ competiveness today is greater than before. Research shows that Management does not seem to make much use of change management models in practice. There seem to be a knowledge transfer problem not at least for the managers. Managers do not have incentives, focus and ability to apply theoretical models in practice. How can management take advantages of university students in the field when opportunity for practical help in the work of change is offered? The Department of Engineering Sciences at Uppsala University / Campus Gotland offers undergraduate courses in management and organization. The courses meet the need to develop students' ability to work in different organizations outside university. These organizations require competencies in terms of ability e.g., to plan and organize changes. Students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills in a collegial and mutual cooperation. Students, together with their tutors in organizations then design a project for improvement for the organizational change.

 

 

This research project aims to study how some organizations choose to prioritize certain changes when offered assistance by students who are studying quality technology.

 

 

 

Method

 

A literature study is pursued. In this project, textual analysis of student works as reports, project diaries, subtasks etc are used as empirical sources.

 

 

Findings

 

Organizations seem to already have identified areas for changes, but they do have neither the methods and proper tools nor the knowhow of implementing the changes. The results show that organizations take their opportunity to learn different tools in quality technology pointed out and used by students. There seems to be a huge need of knowledge about different tools and help with implementation of organizational changes.

 

 

Research Limitation

 

The major implication of the study is that managers in organizations are positive

in using university students in organizational change. Also the student fill the  

gap for needs of knowledge about implementation. However, it is the managers

who suggest change project and the students continue to perform the change.

 

 

 

Originality/Value of paper

 

The study makes a contribution to the knowledge about Change Management in exploring how educational course can bridge the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of organizational change.

 

 

 

Keywords: organizational change, improvement, quality tools, collaborative learning, graduate course

  

 

 

 

Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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