Managing Change case essay
IMPORTANT ABOUT THE ESSAY: The purpose of this report – to be written in essay style – is to demonstrate understanding of how to managing a change process in a complex
organisational environment. You should
select an organisation and describe its difficulties. You should then explain how to implement a suitable change process that can address these difficulties. The essay
should contain a description of the change process that is to be undertaken (i.e. it has not happened yet),
the types of issues that the implementation may raise for managers and staff, and how these can be addressed.
The essay should start with an introduction that sets the scene and provides contextual
information about the organisation and its need for change (such as the type of organisation, its role, where it is based and the problem it faces). Any organisation
can be selected for the essay – even a fictional example. It is up to the student to decide how much supporting background material is needed (it really does not need
to be very long). The main part of the
essay should focus on the change process itself, its implemention challenges and expected
outcomes. The essay should outline the proposed change process and discuss how it can be managed. Advantages and disadvantages of the change process should also be
outlined. It is essential that the essay draws on relevant theory, tools and concepts covered in the Managing Change module lectures and/or seminars and key readings.
The aim of the essay is to show how module material can be applied to the management of change in a real context. It is also
an opportunity to be critical of some of the concepts covered in the module – and critical enagement with the subject matter is strongly encouraged, as is bringing in
additional reading from beyond the module reading list.
The essay may include charts and diagrams. References to sources used must be included
and these do not count towards the word limit. Students are reminded that this is an individual course work assessed task, and not a group task. Students may select
any organisation for the case, but the scenarios outlined should not be a copy of the group work covered in the seminars (although it may take some inspiration from
the seminar cases). The organisation or the scenario may be fictional, or loosely based on a real case or combination of cases.
The essay will provide an opportunity to operationalise course learning, particularly of organisational change programmes discussed in seminars, towards practical
tasks as well as demonstrating understanding