Prescriptions on "best" ways to change organizations are in abundance. Yet what most organizations experience when they attempt to change is not as straightforward as the prescriptions suggest. Change, whether internally generated, or externally confronted, is not a neat and clearly marked journey from a present state to a desired state. The complexity that surrounds organisations is not in designing the change journey but in dealing with complex relations with human behaviour. As such, the central debate in the field is, can employee behaviour and attitude be "managed and controlled" during change implementation? This unit will focus on the debate and will provide students with an opportunity to critically evaluate and articulate various models of change and help appreciate the complex and paradoxical nature of managing organisational change. Students will have an opportunity to learn from real life case examples that will include both success and failure stories of managing change. Using insights from the case examples, students will be able to analyse problems and challenges relating to managing change in their own organisation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse and understand the complexity that surrounds managing change in organisations;  
  2. Review and interpret the theoretical knowledge underlying organisational change management and infer on the ways organisations develop change and communication strategies in organisations;  
  3. Critically evaluate the complexities that surround technological change and organisational change when implementing new ideas and technology in Australian and global contexts;  
  4. Network and collaborate effectively in resolving complex challenges surrounding employee behaviour during change implementation in local and multi-national organisations. Appreciate the importance of teamwork - in particular multidisciplinary teamwork;  
  5. Analyse and compare real-life case studies and evaluate the why some organisations are successful while implementing change while others fail and recommend a sustainable change framework; and,  
  6. Develop the ability to think strategically from the perspective of senior management in leading organisational change.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Critique of the Literature on a chosen topic from the unit guide (3,000 words). 30%
Case Study Group Case study & Presentation - Evaluation of a real-time case study from participating organisation (3,000 words). 30%
Examination Final Examination (1500 words) 40%

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