Organisational Behaviour & Transformational Management (OBTM)

“Organisations work the way human beings create them” (Peter M. Senge, 1996). In today’s fast-paced world, change is a constant and increasingly complex element of organisational management. Traditional management approaches often lack specificity and awareness for current environmental, societal and technological transformations. The future success of organisations in the 21st century, however, will depend on their response to these rapidly shifting trends. Will leaders cling to the status quo and be left behind? Or will they embrace the changing landscape and become drivers for change?

Every change starts with a conscious mind and awareness. In this course, participants will learn how adaptive organisational behaviour and transformational management fosters a common culture that promotes interdependence, strengthens cooperation, prevents interpersonal conflicts and promotes innovation. With case studies from different country and health management settings, this course compliments theory with practical tools, techniques and tried and true methods. Participants will also get an overview of the latest developments in organisational behaviour and transformational management, preparing them to have measurable impact on their organisation’s performance with an emphasis on the whole ecosystem.

Course Structure MBA and Short Courses in International Health Management

This part-time and flexible study programme caters to the needs of working professionals. More than 75% of all learning takes place at a distance, giving students the opportunity to learn and progress at their own pace. All courses adopt a blended learning approach, offering the advantages of both self-directed and face-to-face phases. Participants benefit from a wide range of learning methods designed to achieve the best possible individual learning experience: lectures, seminars, case studies, group work, pre-recorded videos, self-directed learning with feedback from lecturers and/or the course coordinator as well as practical exercises.

During the preparation phase course materials are accessed via our Learning Management Platform at the participants’ own pace with guidance from course coordinators and facilitators.

The preparation phase is followed by a hybrid face-to-face week at the Swiss TPH headquarters. Active participation (online or in person) is expected from 9:00-17:00 CE(S)T. At least one facilitator is always on site and in-person teaching is prioritized whenever possible, although in exceptional circumstances facilitators may join online. Online spaces for participation is limited. These spaces are allocated based on student need (i.e. travel restrictions, etc.).

Learning outcomes are consolidated during the post phase with a final assignment that is introduced during the hybrid face-to-face week. This phase is self directed and guided via our Learning Management Platform. The post phase is finished when the final assignment has been handed in.

At the end of the course, participants will be ready to manage transformational processes in various health management settings, taking into account multicultural and diverse working contexts. Moreover, participants will be able to assess organisational structures and management models and develop concepts strengthen the capacity to co-create and collaborate across organisations and sectors.


Preparation phase (35%): Participants are required to review introductory literature and carry out a competency assessment in their professional working context. For participants without the possibility to do the assessment, a case study with specific questions will be provided.

Face-to-face week (30%): Participants will work individually and in teams on different tasks. They will be evaluated individually based on their performance whilst presenting their assessment results.

Post Phase (35%): Following the face-to-face week of the course, participants are asked to develop a concept for a transformational management process including appropriate measures and techniques based on management techniques that have been discussed.

At a Glance

Online Information Session

Fee for MBA-IHM students*: CHF 2,450
Fee for Short Course students: CHF 2,850

* Same fee applies to tropEd students and students enrolled in a SSPH+ professional postgraduate Master or PhD programme.

Course fees must be paid in advance to gain access to the online learning materials. Tuition fees do not cover insurance, travel expenses or personal living costs incurred during your stay in Basel.

Scholarships: Neither offered by the institute nor the University of Basel.