MMM080-Managing Transformation

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module considers the management of transformation from both an organisational and personal perspective.  Students are introduced to key models of change and consider how they might be applied and the barriers to their effective implementation.  The module also provides an opportunity for students to learn about and to practice some of the skills required in the management of transformation.  


This module seeks to prepare students to work as people managers in a range of international environments where change will be a part of organisational life.  Learners will be equipped to recognise the skills needed to facilitate change and to assess their own development needs in relation to these skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify organisational and individual factors for change.

  2. Provide an argued critique of the main models of change and their applicability within global contexts.

  3. Understand potential barriers to change – human and process issues and skills to overcome these.

  4. Provide a critical account of the transformation of HRM function in recent times and how it conti nues to evolve.

Additional outcomes:

The course also aims to:

  1. Give students a critical appreciation of role of organisational development and the challenge of managing change in international organisations.

  2. Develop skills required for international or expatriate working via practical group work in multi-cultural teams.

  3. Develop self-awareness and enable students to reflect on their personal learning and future development needs as a people manager.

Outline content:

  1. Organisational factors for change

  2. Change models in context and the role of the change facilitator

  3. Individual personality factors and learning preferences

  4. Team formation – challenges and opportunities; managing conflict; managing virtual teams

  5. Facilitation skills and coaching

  6. Understanding change programme life cycle

  7. How to communicate change

  8. Organisational culture , values and ethics, engagement and commitment.

Global context:

The module uses global examples and case studies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures and seminars are used to provide the knowledge base in conjunction with independent reading. Students will be expected to share their ideas and contribute to classroom discussions in lectures and in tutorials. Group work and practical exercises are a key element of this module and students will need to work in small groups and in their assessment team. These activities will include a skill building element in line with the requirements of the assessment brief. In addition t he module comprises a reflective element whereby students are required to reflect back on their development since the commencement of the MSc programme.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 6
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 54
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Preparation for tutorials 5
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Preparation for performance 10
    Group study tasks 20
    Essay preparation 20
    Reflection 15
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 40
Practical skills assessment 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

These is no examination for this module.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students present an assessed presentation in the Spring term accounting for 40% of the module mark.?The presentations are in week 9 (University week 28). There will also be an element of assessed skill development to be finalised by end of first week of Easter holiday.?At the beginning of the summer term students submit their individual essay of 2500 words.? Word counts for written work in this module are +/- 10%.

Formative assessment methods:

Lectures and seminars contain interactive exercises and these allow for formative feedback.

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Cost Amount
 1. Required Text Book £45.00
 2. Travel, accommodation and subsistence The study visit is useful to demonstrate skill development. Costs to students are in the range of £100-£250.


Last updated: 4 April 2020


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