ID431      Half Unit
Organisational Change

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro NAB 4.20


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Organisational Behaviour. This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPhil/ PhD in Employment Relations & Org Behaviour, MSc in Development Management, MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, MSc in Management Science (Decision Sciences), MSc in Management Science (Operational Research), MSc in Management and Human Resources, MSc in Management, Information Systems and Innovation, MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance and MSc in Public Management and Governance. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students are required to take ID430 unless they have a psychology background.

Course content

This course adopts a psychological framework to explore the content, process and outcomes of organisational change. The aim of the course is to provide students with different psychological theories to understand the process and consequences of organisational change and in doing so addresses the following issues: type of organisational change, creating readiness for organizational change and leading change, the change agent, strategies for change, resistance to change and evaluation of and institutionalization of organisational change. Models and frameworks for analyzing and diagnosing change; the role of the change agent, leading change from the top, bottom up change specific interventions; strategies of change; ethical decision making; a justice perspective on organisational change; understanding recipients reactions to change; theory and methods of evaluation of organisational change and reinforcing change interventions.


21 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

The teaching is highly participative and includes lectures and seminars. Group working is an integral part of the course and students are expected to actively contribute to their syndicate group throughout the year. The course is demanding of students and depends partly upon commitment and willingness to participate fully. The course is taught in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

The course relies heavily on journal articles (for example, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, and Journal of Applied Behavioural Science) and the use of case studies.  The following book is also useful Oreg, S., Michel, A., & By, T. B., (Eds.) (2013), The psychology of organizational change: Viewing change from the employee's perspective, Cambridge University Press.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 40

Average class size 2012/13: 11

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Team working

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 62.3%



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