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BSc (Hons) Business Management

Module 2. Organisation Theory and Change Management STUDY GUIDE

Organisation Theory and Change Management is the second of four modules which form the BSc (Hons) Business Management top-up degree: • • • • Module 1. Managing into the future Module 2. Organisation Theory and Change Management Module 3. Strategic Management Module 4. Leadership: Theory and Practice

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STRUCTURE OF THE MODULE The Organisation Theory and Change Management module is divided into four Units: Unit 1: Early Organisational Theory: the Rise and Fall of the Rational Organisation Unit 2: New Paradigms and Perspectives in Organisational Theory Unit 3: Fundamentals of Change Management Unit 4: Developments in Change Management – a Framework for the Future Each Unit covers one of the four Knowledge and Understanding learning outcomes listed on the next page. It should take about three weeks of full time study to cover a Unit. Main Reading • Burnes, B., 2009. Managing Change, 5th Ed. (Harlow, FT/Prentice Hall). Referred to throughout as Burnes.

Module Aims We tend to think of the time in which we live as being one of unprecedented change particularly with regard to the business environment. When we examine the past, however, it seems to be composed of times of relative stability punctuated by periods of 'unprecedented change'. Furthermore, even in turbulent times organisations do not all face the same degree of challenge in their environments and some appear better able to cope than others. Despite the development of a plethora of different approaches, the management of change is still considered to be extremely difficult and highly prone to failure. The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of various models of change, to indicate their usefulness and drawbacks, and to enable you to draw your own conclusions as to which approaches are most suitable in different circumstances. To do this, the module considers the context of change by examining organisational structures and management systems together with the behaviours of those who populate organisations. By the end of the module you should be able to understand and analyse the challenges facing an organisation in order to identify what change models are appropriate in a given situation, evaluate the issues and problems that these approaches may create, and identify actions that will increase the chances of success.

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LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this module, you should be able to: Knowledge and Understanding • • • • Analyse the context and current preoccupations driving the development of organisational theory and change management. Apply knowledge of how organisational politics, conflict and power affect an organisation’s culture. Understand the background to the development of change management theories. Evaluate the efficacy of different approaches to managing the process of change.

Subject Specific Skills (including practical/professional skills) • • • • Understand the relevance of, and be able to apply a range of change management approaches within organisations. Analyse an organisation in order to identify the characteristic of its culture. Be able to apply change management theory to an understanding of the strategic and change management options available to an organisation. Understand the interaction between available choices of what to change and how to achieve it.

Cognitive Skills • • • • Apply appropriate change management approaches to different organisations by matching theory and the practice in the context of an organisation. Examine emerging change management issues from a range of perspectives and challenge viewpoints, ideas and concepts with well-reasoned judgements. Analyse how changes in the business environment influence the appropriateness of an organisational culture and how this impacts on...
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