MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Change Management BUS5023

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Managing change has indeed stood the test of time; both hard, systems-based change, and softer people related change, continue to challenge organisations and individuals. This course, primarily from a systems dimension, provides a platform to explore strategic change and associated tool kits, within the context of both innovation and servitisation, while recognising and responding to the 'people' dimension.


Course will be taught in semester 2, with a mixture of full days and 3.5 hour sessions to make up the 21 hours over a 3 to 4 weeks.

Excluded Courses





The summative assessment is by a written assignment of 2,500 words.

Course Aims

To provide frameworks of concepts and practical measures which will enable participants to:

To provide participants with the ability to assess, analyse and implement change within organisations in particular to:

1. Explore the nature and context of change.

2. Examine alternative change management approaches and philosophies.

3. Determine optimal change management strategies given particular change contexts.

4. Examine how best to implement predetermined change strategies.


To provide participants with knowledge and understanding of philosophies and methodologies in strategic management in particular to:

1. Develop analytical and decision-making skills for dealing with complex conceptual problems.

2. Determine appropriate strategic directions for an organisation. 

3. Define and recommend a course of action that is consistent with the recommended strategic direction.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, participants will be capable of:


1. Analyse the diversity of change management perspectives and discuss the value assumptions and orientations which lie behind them

2. Synthesise and contextualise internal processes and relationships, and external environmental conditions that influence an organisation to change

3. Evaluate changes in the external and internal environments of an organisation and recommend the most appropriate change management implementation strategy

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.