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Elective: Change Management


Interactive course, with lively in-class presentations and discussions. We will use case studies and work in groups to bridge knowledge and competencies and skills

Course Definition

  • Significantly new insights on Cultures for Change, incorporating brand-new content on areas including cultural types and national culture.

  • New materials on complexity theory, structural theory, actor-networks, institutional theory and leadership theory.

  • An exploration of how change has changed in recent years, plus content on organizations of the future and challenges for future research on change.

Course Content / study book

This course is based upon the successful text and provides a discussion of change in relation to the complexities of organizational life – with an emphasis on applying the theory into practice. Now thoroughly updated in its 4th edition, Organizational Change reflects a rapidly changing world and considers ‘how change has changed’.
The course, like the book is structured in three parts. The first part considers the causes and nature of change. Part two ‘opens up’ the organization to expand on issues of structuring for change, the cultural and political contexts for change and how to lead change. Part three moves firmly into addressing the more practical considerations of designing, planning and implementing change.
The course/book is ideal for both MBA students and those studying specialist courses in Organizational Development and Change. Its structure and content also make it accessible to final level MSc students

Materials (Required Textbook)

Organizational Change, 4/E by Barbara Senior, formerly of University College Northampton and Stephen Swailes, Hull University Business School.
Publisher: Financial Times Press
ISBN-10: 0273716204
ISBN-13: 9780273716204

Required Material

See handouts in class

Recommended Reading Material

Texts & websites on Change Management


The Instructor will evaluate students’ work as follows:

Active Participation – Presentations 50%
Final Exam or Paper 50%


Case studies will be handed out during the course