Module details for Managing Change


This module combines theory and practice to examine organisational change and transformation in times of uncertainty.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: a conceptual framework for understanding how 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, drivers and challenges of change, particularly in relation to the fourth industrial revolution;

2.  Examine a range of theoretical perspectives on change;

3.  Evaluate the change strategies deployed by organisations for both sustained and revolutionary organisational change;

4.  Critically analyse the nature of 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 change management

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 Change in context

(this will change each year and will form the basis of the guest lectures)

5 Leading and managing change

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Practical Activity 13
Assessment 30
Independent 130
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.