MG317      Half Unit
Leading Organisational Change

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Dorottya Sallai MAR.4.10


This course is available on the BSc in Management. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.


Students must have completed Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (MG105).

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (MG105) or equivalent.

Course content

Businesses operate in an increasingly complex environment, where change is a constant feature of business life. The impact of not managing change in an effective way can be devastating for small and large businesses alike. Getting people to change even when it is in their best interest is the most difficult task faced by today’s leaders. Yet, successful change can be achieved at individual, team and organisational levels through the use of a number of practical tools and skills.

The course provides students with an understanding of organizational change as a multifaceted phenomenon and equips them with skills to adopt a reflective, multi-dimensional approach when managing change in their future careers. In their everyday jobs, managers need to identify when change is needed, manage its implementation or guide others through it. In this course students learn about theories, strategies, skills and techniques for leading successful change.

The course applies a wide range of change-related theories that impacted the field since the 1930s. The course covers issues such as how change can be managed, what is happening in change processes and why managers need to work with change.

Topics addressed in the course will include:

  • Identifying the need for change and diagnosing what to change
  • Understanding organisational change strategies
  • Managing internal power, stakeholders and politics
  • Leadership in change
  • Culture and mergers in change projects
  • Resistance to change
  • Fairness and change
  • Communication and change
  • Sustaining change and learning


15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with Departmental policy.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

  • ISE Managing Organizational Change: A Multiple Perspectives Approach 4th Edition, By Ian Palmer, Richard Dunford, David A. Buchanan, 2022 | Published: January 11, 2021 • The Theory and Practice of Change Management (5th Edition), John Hayes, Publisher: Red Globe Press, 2021
  • Amis, J.M. & Greenwood, R., 2021. Organisational Change in a (Post) Pandemic World: Rediscovering Interests and Values. Journal of management studies, 58(2), pp.582–586. • Amis, J.M. & Janz, B.D., 2020. Leading Change in Response to COVID-19. The Journal of applied behavioral science, 56(3), pp.272–278.
  • Burnes, B., 2020. The Origins of Lewin’s Three-Step Model of Change. The Journal of applied behavioral science, 56(1), pp.32–59
  • Burke, W. W., & Litwin, G. H. (1992) A Causal Model of Organizational Performance and Change. Journal of Management, 18(3), 523-545.
  • Keller, S., Schaninger, B., 2019 A better way to lead large-scale change. New York. McKinsey and Company • Kotter, 1995 Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail, 1995, Harvard Business Review, March-April 1995


Essay (90%, 2000 words) and other (10%) in the LT.

• Coursework essay (2000 words) worth 90 % in the LT. Students will write an essay on a topic that draws from multiple topics in the course.

• Simulation exercise 10 %

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication