In this unit students will develop approaches to, and methods of, change that foster organisational responsiveness to the rapidly changing and competitive organisational environment. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a clear understanding of some key changes necessary for organisations to bring about innovative and sustainable ways of achieving improved business performance and the issues underlying these. Understanding organisational change will help students imagine how organisations will continue to change over the next decade, and how this might affect employees, organisations and the community. This unit introduces a framework for rethinking contemporary organisational change and management experiences, and for gaining a critical appreciation of future innovative change management practices. Students will identify what needs to change and how to lead and manage change today and into the future.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the nature, causes and dynamics of organisational change;  
  2. Identify, critically review and distil key issues affecting change in organisations;  
  3. Explain, evaluate and propose modifications to the theories, models, principles and concepts of change in organisations to better support innovative approaches to successful organisational change occurring in particular settings;  
  4. Develop team collaboration and persuasive communication skills to be able to direct change culture in contemporary organisations or community settings; and,  
  5. Reflect on behavioural complexities associated to organisational change.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography Annotated Bibliography of 6 journal articles 20%
Report Organisational Change Report (Group) 40%
Presentation Change Practitioner Presentation (Group) 10%
Journal Learning Reflection Journal (Individual) 30%

Required reading

Organisation Change: Development and Transformation 7th edition,
Waddell, D., Creed, A., Cummings, T.G & Worley, C.G. (2019).
Australia: Cengage Learning.

Managing Change: Enquiry and Action.
Beech, N., MacIntosh, R., Krust, P., Kannan, S. and Dadich, A. (2017).
Victoria: Cambridge University Press.

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