This unit develops contemporary understanding of organisational design, organisational change and development through contextualisation of common challenges for change in both traditional and new organisational forms. Students are challenged through interrogation and critical reflection on practices and theories of critical and conventional theories and models of change. Students will advance their diagnostic skills, competencies and processes in assessing the need for change, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of change strategies at all organisational levels. Solutions to complex change management problems will be derived in a socially and culturally responsible manner, where students will advocate and substantiate recommendations grounded in scholarly literature to demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability.

Unit details

Location:
Victoria University Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO6624

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the components and processes of organisation change and their implications for managers in contemporary and emerging organisations;  
  2. Investigate, interpret and assess various change and development philosophies and models as techniques to achieve socially responsible and culturally-relevant solutions;  
  3. Exhibit, clearly articulate and facilitate a change management intervention with in a group which is grounded in theory and evidence and exhibits a high level of collective professionalism;  
  4. Investigate and develop change strategies for the individual, group, inter-group and organisation levels in situations of incremental or discontinuous change that demonstrate a balance between individual and public good;  
  5. Arbitrate and explore the significant managerial and leadership implications of managing change in organisations and persuasively advocate recommendations to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  6. Adapt skills in change management processes to meet emerging challenges posed by new situations and contexts, exhibiting a high level of personal accountability and autonomy.  

Assessment

Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critical reflection (Group) 10%
Report Preparing for change 40%
Case Study Implementing change 50%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critical reflection 10%
Report Preparing for change 40%
Case Study Implementing change 50%

Required reading

Organisational Change: Development and Transformation. Asia Pacific edition. 7th Edn.
Waddell, D.M., Creed, A., Cummings, T.G. and Worley, C.G. 2019.
Cengage Learning: South Melbourne.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

You can choose to study this unit as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to structure your course to include this unit.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.