Making Sense of Organizational Change – EOCH 664
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.
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.
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
Final Individual Assignment – Individual Assessment of an Organization Change
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.