BUSM6931 Change Management Agent Specialisation

Master Course Unit

BUSM6931 Change Management Agent Specialisation

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: Complexities of Change, Society and Culture in Organisational Behaviour, The Challenges of Leadership, and Managing Groups in Organisations

Unit description

This unit explores the role of change management and the role of the change agent. Theories of change management will be considered in historical and contemporary contexts. The role of the change agent is explored within organisational, community and personal contexts. The unit explores notions of power and resistance; planning, measuring and evaluating change; and human and economic sustainability in a changing world.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • understand change in ontological, social, cultural and economic contexts
  • locate change and change management in historical and contemporary contexts, and in a range of settings
  • define attributes of the change agent
  • demonstrate understanding of change drivers
  • demonstrate understandings of organisational values and symbols, power, and resistance to change
  • demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity within change management
  • demonstrate ability to research change management and change agency
  • critique examples of change management in organisations including public and private sectors
  • explore complex social, legal and ethical issues associated with change management and change agency
  • demonstrate understanding of personal capacity to prepare for, participate in, reflect on and evaluate change
  • understand loss/grief and opportunity throughout the change process

Unit content

  • Historical and Contemporary Understandings of Change, Change Management and Change Agency
  • Understanding Change in Organisations with Reference to Theoretical Models (Part One)
  • Understanding Change in Organisations with Reference to Theoretical Models (Part Two)
  • Strategy and Change with Emphasis on Culture and Diversity
  • Leadership in the Change Process
  • Power and Resistance to Change: Leadership in Change and Ambiguity
  • Measuring and Evaluating Change Management (Part One)
  • Measuring and Evaluating Change Management (Part Two)
  • Dilemmas of the Change Agent: The Accidental Change Agent and Whistleblowers
  • Globalisation and Change: Change Management and Agency in the Media
  • Surviving Change: The Individual as Change Agent
  • The Future of Change Management and Change Agents

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary



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Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

No assigned textbook.

Academic misconduct

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