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Organizational Behaviour
(ORGB) 390
Managing Change (Revision 5)

Revision 5 closed, replaced by current version.

Before enrolling in Organization Behaviour 390, you should have work experience or educational background that provides you with a basic understanding of organizational terminology, roles of managers, and basic theories of communication, motivation, and leadership. If you do not have previous work experience or university level studies in administration, we recommend you complete Administration 232 and Organization Behaviour 326 before enrolling in Organization Behaviour 390.

If you have questions about how your work experience or education may relate to this course, contact the Course Coordinator.

Delivery mode: Individualized study online or
grouped study.**

Credits: 3 - Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None. ADMN 232 and ORGB 326 are recommended.

Centre: Faculty of Business

ORGB 390 has a Challenge for Credit option.

**Note: Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


Change processes are a natural part of evolution. However, the changes organizations face today, and expect in the future, present significant challenges. Managers assist organizational members in meeting both organizational and individual goals. With knowledge of the dynamics of change, managers can help individuals develop the resources and tools necessary to prepare for and move through change processes.

Since this course has been designed for those currently working in, or hoping to move into, a management position, the perspective of the manager/leader is woven throughout. Increasingly, as people work in teams where leadership is shared, managerial positions are de-emphasized. This course will benefit anyone interested in understanding the processes of change from both personal and organizational perspectives.


The course consists of the following ten units.

Unit One: Dynamics of Change

Unit Two: Managerial/Leadership Responsibilities

Unit Three: Assessing Organizational Needs

Unit Four: Collecting and Analyzing Information, and Providing Feedback

Unit Five: Designing and Evaluating Interventions

Unit Six: Human Process Interventions

Unit Seven: Technostructural Interventions

Unit Eight: Human Resource Management Interventions

Unit Nine: Strategic Interventions


To receive credit for ORGB 390, you must complete a project consisting of three assignments and write a Final Examination. You must submit all project assignments, and receive a grade for the compilation of your project. You must also achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50%) on the Final Examination, and a minimum overall course grade of “D” (50 percent). The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement.

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
20% 20% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: Examinations for this course are taken online, and must be taken at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Cummings, T. G., & Worley, C. G. (2005). Organization development and change (8th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western College Publishing. ISBN 0-324-26060-1

Other materials

Students will access all other course materials online.