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MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 26 March 2023


One major contemporary issue facing virtually all organisations is hyper competition and the exponential rate of change occurring in highly complex and dynamic environments - both externally and internally. Contemporary managers need skills to analyse the organisational environment including the ability to adjust to shifting market demands. There is a constant drive for organisational change - not only to survive but to be able to compete and be successful and sustainable. Contemporary leaders, managers or change agents need to focus on the continuous renewal of their organisation(s) on various fronts. Students in this course will learn how to lead and manage change for improved organisational performance across different contexts. As well, students will gain a solid understanding of how to create a sustainable organisation. The course will help practising managers to build skills and demonstrate competence in applying high level theoretical change concepts.

This course is a core foundational unit in the MBA and consists of many high level concepts. The material covers the planned approach to change and introduces ideas related to meta-models of change. The latter are ways of thinking about change, both from a life-cycle approach, a systems approach and a situational approach which is often called `situated learning' within the organizational learning literature. We take you on a journey of discovery here by first exploring how the various meta-models establish ways of thinking about and implementing change. We next examine interventions of change. Interventions are used as a solution for implementing change approaches. So if a CEO or a GM decides that a hard change approach is required such as restructuring the organization, interventions can be used to help her achieve various process milestones. The course seeks to explore both learning and change given that there are reciprocal relationships between thinking, behaviour and action. Change processes do not just happen. They have to be carefully planned out, linked to broader organizational goals and strategies and involve key systems and processes. We will learn in the course why change is about context, how context is (re)produced on a daily basis providing the basis by which people learn. But we will also learn how to challenge the context through change and learning.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 26 March 2023