Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Managing Complex Change MGT4011

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To explore from an operational and tactical perspective the context, nature and accomplishment of effective change management.


Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks

(Please refer to MyCampus for timetable)

Excluded Courses



The assessment will require the students to research and document a historical, or current, complex (significant organisational change impinging on both people and systems) change event, providing a critique of associated management strategies and practices based upon course frameworks. Students will also be required to suggest alternative courses of action based upon their analysis (100%)


Intended Learning Outcomes



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Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to explore, from an operational and tactical perspective, the context, nature and accomplishment of change in complex situations. It will accomplish this by addressing issues and processes associated with defining the nature and scope of change events and situations; examining vehicles capable of managing both processes and cultural change; and the managerial and organisational competencies associated with successful change management. The course will provide appropriate frameworks and concepts, explore the nature and context of change, examine alternative change management approaches and philosophies and examine how best to implement predetermined change strategies

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate a range of change management perspectives and identify the value assumptions and orientations which lie behind them.

2. Critically assess the contextualising influence of both internal processes and relationships and external environmental conditions on change in organisations. Analyse the impact of these processes on Human Resource Management.

3. Critically evaluate systems based change and explain the value of systems intervention strategies and components in change situations.

4. Employ a range of Organisational Development Methodologies and evaluate programmed organisational development approaches to change.

5. Critically assess notions of decentralisation and empowerment in participative change strategies based on examples drawn from comparative research.

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.