Leading Organizational Change – BMAL 704

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theories, process, and practice of leading successful change in organizations. Topics include the problem with change and its solution, the eight-stage process for effective change, what the organization of the future will look like, and the importance of change for lifelong learning.

Prerequisites

BMAL 700 or DIGI 700

Rationale

The rate of change in organizations, whether private, public, or nonprofit, is a challenge for leaders and managers at all levels. The purpose of this course is to examine methods of making changes to organizations. The course is designed to blend theory and research with practical application. Change management is a systemic function that can be seen in every aspect of leadership. Mastery of this skill is supportive to all leadership styles and practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess the effectiveness of organizational change initiatives.
  2. Contrast current change practice with the established change processes.
  3. Evaluate an organization’s deficiency in order to prescribe change.
  4. Develop strategies to execute change

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum in current APA format. Each thread must be 600–800 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 4 scholarly articles and a course text are required to support the post. The journal article must have been published within the past 3 years.

In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–300 words. At least 2 scholarly articles are required to support each reply. The journal article must have been published within the past 3 years. References must be cited using APA format.

Change Scenario Project

The student will write a 5–6-page analysis in current APA format that addresses an organization’s need for change. The paper must include a title page, an abstract, and the content of the paper must include an introduction and a conclusion. The paper must also include a Reference section with at least 5 references (scholarly, peer-reviewed journals or respected trade publications) in addition to Kotter’s text, the Merida text, and the Bible (at least 8 total references).

Self-Selected Project Topic Submission

The student will select either the Change Strategy or the Literature Critique. If the student selects the Change Strategy PowerPoint presentation, he or she must submit a brief description of the change idea/industry to be approved. If the student selects the Literature Critique, he or she must submit the book he or she wishes to critique for approval.

Self-Selected Project: Change Strategy or Literature Critique

The student will select a project of interest to further his or her understanding of organizational change. For the Change Strategy, the student will develop a presentation that simulates a change implementation meeting, in which the presenter’s organization is about to undergo change. The presentation must be created in PowerPoint, must include at least 15 slides, and must include 5 citations from selected literature. The second option is a literature critique of a book of the student’s choice. For the Literature Critique, the student will read and analyze a substantive book that explores organizational change. The student will develop a 6–7-page critique of this text, evaluating the content in light of personal experience, current research, the course texts, as well as the Christian worldview. The paper will require a title page, abstract, and reference page. A minimum of 8 scholarly references must be included.

Case Study in Change Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current APA format that examines current research and case studies focusing on organizational change. The paper will present the current best practices for organizational change and will present at least 3 real-world cases that demonstrate organization-level change. The paper must include a title page, an abstract, and the content of the paper must include an introduction and a conclusion. The paper must also include a Reference section with at least 10 references (5 of which must be from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals within the last five years) in addition to the course texts (including Merida) and the Bible (at least 14 total references).