Strategic Change and Global Leadership | Abertay University

Strategic Change and Global Leadership


In this module theoretical and practical issues of managing organisational change are discussed to identify how organisations need to manage and reconfigure their resources to create wealth and innovate in a dynamic and often technology−driven environment.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : The aim of this Module is to develop students' understanding of the causes and triggers of change, and the levels and complexities of managing and leading organisational change.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Analyse specific change situations using theoretical perspectives and practical example;

2.  Define effective change management practice to achieve strategic goals.

3.  Identify and select appropriate change management and leadership approaches.

Indicative Content

1 1. The context of organisational change.

External and internal triggers of change. The role of innovation and entrepreneurship.

2 Theories of organisational change

The multi−dimensional nature of organisational change; types of organisational change; planned versus emergent change.

3 Managing and implementing change

Analysing the need for change; change path options; analysing the change context; implementing change. Dealing with change resistance. Understanding the emergent nature of change. The role of leadership in different organisational contexts. The role of culture, cultures and culture management.

4 New organisational forms

Designing organisational structures for change and innovation; moving beyond organisational boundaries; learning through partnerships and networks.

5 Change issues in context

Managing change in SMEs; managing change in select industries.

6 Leadership Theory

From transactional to Transformational

7 Leadership Roles and Behaviours

Self assessment and peer perceptions of You as leader

8 Teamworking and Group Behaviour

The challenges of managing and leading diverse teams

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Sessions will normally comprise lecture input, group discussion, small group/team work, and student presentations in variable combinations. Throughout great emphasis will be placed on interaction, student input and reflection. Lectures introduce and explore key concepts, theories and debates from a range of perspectives. Student−centered activities will be inquiry−based, using case studies and students’ own work experience to encourage the development of a deeper understanding of theory, context and practice links.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 14
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 85
Independent 73

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.