Leading Organizational Change – BUSI 504

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Students in this course will study the impact of change on an organization and stakeholders and the dynamics of change in order to lead organizational change efforts. The course reviews the literature for the best practices relating to organizational change and organizational learning.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The School of Business seeks to equip the student with the necessary skills to solve complex management and leadership issues using effective management and leadership practices. In recent years, strategy theorists in organization, marketing, and economics have all indicated that the concept of change has been integral to their disciplines. Companies have concluded they have to build their capacity to respond and adapt to changing demands and opportunities. This requires a critical set of managerial skills, particularly the ability to manage change. This course will help the student develop and apply those skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the theories and perspectives of organizational change.
  2. Propose how a manager applies the theories and perspectives of organizational change.
  3. Identify the role of the internal and external environment in driving or restraining change.
  4. Analyze the strategies to implement successful organizational change.
  5. Integrate biblical principles within the field of leadership.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussion assignments are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and integrate at least 2 peer-reviewed articles. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 250 words and contain at least 1 citation from a peer-reviewed journal and 1 from the textbook.

Change Management Image Self-Reflection Paper Assignment

The Change Management Image Self-Reflection Paper will require the student to understand and apply the concept of change management images and support this concept by incorporating a minimum of 2 scholarly sources (published within the last 5 years) in addition to the course textbook and biblical integration. The paper must include a minimum of 500-words written in current APA format. However, all sources must be properly referenced in current APA format at the end of the paper. The paper will be submitted via Turnitin.

Consulting Proposal Assignments (2)

The student will write a 1000–1500-word consulting report in current APA format that focuses on the content as explained in the assignment instructions. In addition to the text, at least 4 scholarly peer-reviewed sources must be included.

Change Initiative Assessment Assignments (2)

Change Initiative Assessment: Outline Assignment

For this assignment, the student will research a major transformational effort of a target organization he/she selects. The following information must be included: a title page, the name and description of the target organization (industry, location, income/budget, number of employees, etc.), a description of the change process the group will explore (150–250 words), and an initial list of at least 5 peer-reviewed sources the student expects to use on a separate reference page in current APA format. 

Change Initiative Assessment: Paper Assignment

Each student will prepare 1 document to submit through Turnitin. The project is an organizational change report that will total no more than 15 pages (not counting title or reference pages; no abstract is required). The paper must follow current APA format guidelines and will contain 2 main parts. Part 1 must be 1250–1750 words, and Part 2 must be 1500–2000 words. A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed sources must be used within the paper.