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Leading & Managing Organisational Change - SPY00018M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Slobodan Tomic
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To introduce relevant theories and frameworks applicable to the management of change, to apply them to examples and to critique them.
  • To challenge established assumptions about the management of change.
  • To consider factors that can help or hinder effective change, in relation to organisations, groups and individuals.
  • To explore the different roles of the individual in change situations; as decision maker, subject of change and change agent.
  • To introduce a range of tools and techniques that may be deployed throughout change situations.
  • To explore how to evaluate the effects of change, including how to compare the outcome achieved with that which was intended.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect critically on change theory, identifying a range of factors arising from different theories, cultures and contexts that influence managerial choice when managing change.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which your behaviour and actions impact upon change at the individual, group and organisational levels.
  • Choose between different tools and techniques that can help in diagnosing change requirements and in developing and evaluating effective change.
  • Analyse an example of change and make recommendations based upon the module content in order to solve the problems that the example highlights.


Task Length % of module mark
Leading & Managing Change - Assignment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Leading & Managing Change - Assignment
N/A 100

Module feedback

The lead marker (the module tutor) will include comments about the content, structure, and evidence used etc. to provide you with constructive information that will enable you to improve on future work. The feedback a tutor can offer can be invaluable to your studies, so it is important you read this carefully

We aim to return your marked work to you within one month of its submission.

Feedback will be given in three ways:

(1) Comments within the actual text will highlight specific points and examples that the marker wants to draw to your attention.

(2) The marking criteria will be highlighted to show how your assignment has been rated against those criteria. This will enable you to calibrate your performance against a consistent scale, and therefore to aim to improve in specific areas.

(3) Finally the marker will provide a narrative summary in which the main points will be set out and any major areas for improvement highlighted.

Indicative reading

Burnes, B. and Cooke, B. (2012)  The past, present and future of organisation development: Taking the long view Human Relations, Vol. 65, No. 11, pp. 1395-1408.

Doherty, T.L. and Horne, T. (2001)  Managing public services: Implementing changes - a thoughtful approach to the practice of management  London: Routledge, pp. 41-55.

Hayes, J. (2018)  The theory and practice of change management, 5th Edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave  Macmillan

Mullins, L. J. (2016)  Management and organisational behaviour, (11th edition), London, Financial Times/Prentice Hall

Schein, E. (2010)  Organisational culture and leadership,  4th edition, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass

Van de Voet, J., Groenveld, S. and Kuipers, B.S. (2014) ‘Talking the talk or walking the walk? The leadership of planned and emergent change in a  public organisation,  Journal of Change Management, Vol.14, No.2, pp.171-191.

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