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Understanding organizations and change


​The module provides multiple perspectives for thinking critically about organisations and organisational change.​

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically compare and contrast the usefulness of different perspectives and theories of organisational change.
  • Appreciate the strengths and limitations of rational, planned and strategic perspectives on change.
  • Explore concepts of power, resistance and the politics of change.
  • Identify and evaluate the importance of ‘practice’ in understanding how change is managed.
  • Understand the roles of ‘agency’, and especially change leaders and change agents, in processes of organisational change.
  • Use academic research effectively in evaluating different perspectives on organizational change.


One two-hour unseen written examination​.