Managing Transformational Change


This module considers organisational change and transformation in times of uncertainty test


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :a conceptual framework for understanding how transformational change can be delivered for the purposes of long-term organisational improvements in complex operating contexts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse the contexts and drivers of transformational change

2.  Examine a range of theoretical perspectives on radical change

3.  Evaluate the change strategies deployed by organisations for sustained organisational improvements;

4.  Critically analyse the nature of trans-formative leadership in the change process

Indicative Content

1 Analysing change contexts and drivers

The change context: globalisation, technology, and changing market dynamics; change management and sustainability

2 Theories of change and approaches to change management

Models of change and change management; trans- formational change and organisations; Critical discourse in change management.

3 Human resources issues in trans-formative change

Participative change ; managing psychological contracts, social identity, stakeholder positioning and dynamics in times of radical change ; voice, dialogue and rethinking resistances in radical change; Culture, habits and unlearning.

4 Trans-formative change in context

(this will change each year and will form the basis of the guest lectures * 3 see teaching learning and assessment note): Transforming public sector services in times of resources uncertainty (as an example)

5 Leading and managing transformational change

Transactional and transformational leadership; a competency framework for transformational leadership; values and value-based systems in transformational change;

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Class contact for this module comprises lectures and tutorials. Lectures introduce and explore key concepts, theories and debates, either through presentation or, occasionally, student enquiry. Students will engage in enquiry-based activities for 60% of class contact time. In tutorials, students will work in small groups/teams, and emphasis is placed on the interactive and social nature of learning. The indicative content element on change in context will provide space for a series of a maximum of three professional guest lectures.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 13
Assessment 30
Independent 130

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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