Making Sense of Organizational Change (EOCH) 664

Making Sense of Organizational Change

EOCH 664

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Phase 1 of the MBA program before taking this course.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Master of Business Administration

Program: Janice Thomas, PhD

Course Overview

In this course, we endeavour to ‘make sense of organizational change.’ We assume that organizational change occurs continuously, although not necessarily in guided form. We assume that changes are implemented in response to competitive environmental pressures and are intended to positively affect an organization’s technology, product, service, strategy, structure, people, and/or culture. We also assume that the experience of change is lived and received across the organization at many different levels. The analysis of change is not a special topic or separate chapter of organizational analysis. Rather, change is a dominant, underlying concern, fundamental to all organizations.

Course Objectives

The major organizational change challenge is to come to an understanding of change in order to respond, harness, and further create and manage through it. In this course we use experiential learning and apply change ideas and concepts in a very practical sense. We assume that learning about change is deepest when individuals are also applying concepts and ideas in contextual, real world terms. Through the use of simulation and active teaming, we hope to transmit the excitement, complexity, and power of the organizational change experience into your virtual learning environment.

Course Ooutline

The course is divided into eight lessons.

  • Lesson 1: Conceptual Frameworks for Understanding Organizational Change
  • Lesson 2: How and Why Organizations Change
    • Assignment 1 – Development of Team Charter
  • Lesson 3: Deciding to Change: Managing the Dynamic Change Process
  • Lesson 4: Experiencing Organizational Change
    • Assignment 2 – Team Assessment of Simulated Change Experience
  • Lesson 5: Implementing and Communicating Change
  • Lesson 6: Who Changes: The Psychology of Change
    • Assignment 3 – Team Assessment of Human Side of Change
  • Lesson 7: Power and Politics during Change
  • Lesson 8: Consequences of Change: Ongoing Leadership and Management
    • Team Assessment
    • Final Individual Assignment – Individual Assessment of an Organization Change

Course Evaluation

Your grade will be based upon participation in Symposia and Team Discussion Databases and completion of the assignments as outlined in the lesson and assignment outline above.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.