BM314 - Organisational Change and Development

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: BB103 Management Principles

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a third-year core unit offered in the Bachelor of Business Management. Organisational Change & Development provides an understanding of the complex issues involved in managing change in today’s volatile business environment. The unit is designed to help students understand why change is so significant today, both at a personal and organization level, and provide them with the knowledge and skills to manage change more effectively. Case studies will be used to explore and apply basic change management principles and theories. In this interactive unit students will have the opportunity to engage in group discussions, presentations, and exercises that lead in turn to individual reflections which form part of assessment tasks.

The unit topics include:

  1. Introduction: the context for organisational change
  2. Understanding change
  3. Leadership and the role of the change agent
  4. Managing resistance and organisational culture
  5. The Process of organisational Change
  6. Organisational Development and Change
  7. OD Interventions: People and process
  8. OD Interventions: Strategy and Structure
  9. Organisational Transformation and Change
  10. Change in a Chaotic and Unpredictable Environment
  11. Competitive and Collaborative Strategies and future directions

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of change management: the external and internal triggers for change, resistance, models and strategies for managing successful change
  2. Analyse the complexities of the change process and its impact on people
  3. Discuss the role of leadership and employees in managing change
  4. Assess the issues of sustainability: creating an environment for future change, business and individual responsibility
  5. Develop creative and flexible approaches and solutions for challenging workplace situations.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Contribution in classa-e*10%
In-class Test (individual)a-c*5%
Case Study Analysis Report (Group)a-e*15%
Case Study Analysis Presentation (Group)a-e*5%
Research Paper (individual)a-e*15%
Final Exam (3 hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


Waddell. D., Creed A., Cummings, T.G., Worley, C.G. (2016). Organisational Change: Development and Transformation, 6th ed., Cengage Learning Australia

Reference Reading

Students are advised to check the unit outline for additional reference materials.

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global AwarenessTeam workSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard