Master’s programme in Managing People, Knowledge and Change

MSc in Business and Economics, major in Business Administration | 1 year | 60 credits

The Master’s programme in Managing People, Knowledge and Change enables you to pursue a career in fields such as management consultancy, strategy, human resources and general management.

Managing people, knowledge and change requires understanding of excellent leadership. This programme facilitates for learning about the relevance and significance of leadership by providing you with a better understanding of the various challenges facing the practising manager and consultant in contemporary organizations. It features a solid combination of both in-depth business knowledge and knowledge of human resources.

The programme draws inspiration from internationally recognised research areas of the professors on the programme. These include the fields of knowledge management, identity, organisational culture, human resource management, managerial work, leadership and strategic change. The programme emphasises the strategic nature of the contemporary challenges associated with managing organisations and work. You will learn how to apply theoretical concepts, models and tools in order to identify and solve real problems as they may appear in organisations. Emphasis on developing problem identification and problem-solving skills is commonly facilitated by drawing on a substantial number of written and real-life organisational case analyses and dialogues. While this provides an essential practical context to the learning experience it also supports and boost understanding of the significance of concepts, models and tools.

The programme aims at introducing, explaining and applying the methodological aspects of studying organisations, especially in terms of interventions aimed at bringing about organisational change.

We adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The aim is to increase your capacity for advanced problem identification and problem solving, resulting in improved decision-making abilities. These capacities are increasingly regarded as crucial to master, considering the many complex and tough challenges that modern organisations regularly face. Our courses are based on state-of-the-art research in each particular field, and we encourage students to improve their skills in terms of both critical thinking and practical application.

Following the idea of taking international inspiration, the program also has an established collaboration with the program Master Human Resources at Bologna Business School at Bologna University where we are currently developing exchange of students. Acknowledging for the importance of recognizing the challenges of contemporary organizations the program has also established collaborations with leading organizations in different industries. Among these are Capgemini, regularly visiting and conducting workshops and seminars around consultancy work and careers.

This programme is for you who would like to master the process of organisational change and how to make it happen as a leader, manager or consultant.

International Master Class

Students with exceptional study results during the first semester at this programme, may compete for seats at the International Master Class programme. An International Master Class is a highly competitive opportunity to go on an exchange semester after finishing your Master’s studies at LUSEM. 

International Master Class (IMC) programme.

The programme is a great opportunity to become critical and develop the ability to look at the world through different “glasses”. Topics such as knowledge management, organisational development, corporate social responsibility and leadership have provided me with new insights and a different perspective on the world.

Sharon Postma (the Netherlands)

Why did you choose this programme?

“I was in London for the last part of my Bachelor’s in International Hospitality Management, and wanted to continue combining studies with international adventures. When looking at universities throughout Scandinavia, the Master’s in Managing People, Knowledge and Change caught my eye. The reason I chose this area is due to the fact that I was intrigued by the way the classes are organised and structured.

I took a leap of faith and waited for the next application period, even though I had to postpone my Master’s studies a year. Ever since getting accepted to the programme and after arriving in Lund, I have definitely not regretted my decision!”

How is the programme?

“The programme is a great opportunity to become critical and develop the ability to look at the world through different “glasses”. Topics such as knowledge management, organisational development, corporate social responsibility and leadership have provided me with new insights and a different perspective on the world, and I am sure that I can use this in the future in both my career as well as my personal life.

The people in my class are the perfect example of a knowledge-sharing class and everyone is willing to help and support each other, share good articles or other study-related material. Throughout the year we have worked together in international and interdisciplinary groups for different projects, through which we got to know each other better. My classmates have been super engaged to make this a great year together, both in class as outside of the university. Since we are graduating soon, I am super curious to see where we will all be in a couple of years! My plans are gaining experience within international and diverse teams related to change management for the coming years, and in the future, I am planning to start my own company.”

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Witnessing the chaos and disruption that organisational change can induce first-hand inspired me to study this programme in order to understand not only my own experience, but how to help organisations in the future better implement organisational change.

Jack McMenzie (UK)

Why did you choose this programme?

“I was born here in Sweden and lived here for a few years, so it’s great to be back in the country where it all started for me! I have a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the UK. During my studies, I spent a year working in a technology company in London as an intern, where I was subject to a radical organisational change programme which, well let’s just say, wasn’t executed so well. Witnessing the chaos and disruption that organisational change can induce first-hand inspired me to study this programme in order to understand not only my own experience, but how to help organisations in the future better implement organisational change.”

How is the programme?

“In terms of the theoretical approach, which is rooted in organisational development, leadership and management – I think there is a huge emphasis on reflectivity and being critical. What I mean by this is avoiding taking things at face value and to instead explore alternatives and question your assumptions. I think this is important not only when it comes to writing a paper, but to also become a more well-rounded person who is keen to explore things in your own unique way.

If I had to pick one word to describe the Swedish approach to teaching (at least at the postgraduate level), I would say it’s very friendly. Coming from undergraduate studies with around 200 people, to a Master’s programme nudging just above 50 people was a great experience. The class is diverse, with newly graduated students all the way to experienced fighter pilots – and everything in between. The seminars are in small groups of 15–20 which is great for learning and getting to know your classmates. The teachers are fantastic at what they do and have matching enthusiasm. There’s a good balance between individual and group work, with most group work occurring in the seminars. The workload is definitely a step up from the Bachelor’s level (lots more reading), but the variety of work and the interesting topics you’ll cover make it really fun.”

What are your recommendations for future Lund University students?

“Despite being heavily involved in the student union Lundaekonomerna at Lund University School of Economics and Management, I was able to achieve my desired grades while also making the most of the amazing student life here. I want to stress how great the student experience is too. From this I’ve made friends for life and have had unforgettable experiences and I encourage you to do the same to get the most out of Lund besides a great degree!”

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We adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The aim is to increase your capacity for advanced problem solving, resulting in better decision-making abilities. Our courses are based on state-of-the-art research in each particular field, and we encourage students to improve their skills in terms of both critical thinking and practical application.

This programme is for you who would like to master the process of organisational change and how to make it happen as a leader, manager or consultant.

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Application is closed

Next application period opens in October 2024. 

How to apply to Master's studies

Next programme start

28 August 2024

Arrival day

20 August 2024

Application deadline

15 January 2024

Duration

1 year, full time

Tuition fee

SEK 135 000. EU/EAA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Class profile 2022/23

591

Applicants

51

Enrolled

22%

Male students

78%

Female students

22 - 41

Age range

11

Nationalities