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IB98R - Leading and Managing Change

  • Module code: IB98R
  • Module name: Leading and Managing Change
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to develop an understanding of some of the challenges faced by management within an increasingly volatile organizational environment particular, it aims to: 1) Introduce students to the major frameworks for understanding how different forms of organizational change might be evaluated, analysed and managed; 2) Build students’ skills in analysing how the cultural and micro-political dimensions of organizational life impact on both the need for change and the ways in which it manifests itself; 3) Develop students’ understanding of various strategies and tactics for the mobilisation of support for necessary change initiatives; 5) Enable students to critically engage with debates about the limitations of organizational change and its ideological dimensions.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: 1.Display an understanding of what constitutes organizational change; 2.Identify different types of change dependent on context, structure and those associated approaches to managing it; 3.Critically analyse the strengths and limitations of associated change management approaches; 4.Identify the ways in which competing interests frequently serve to drive and contest the outcome of organizational change processes; 5.Appreciate how political, affective and ideological factors impact on the change process. Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: 1.Apply conceptual frameworks to particular examples; 2.Find and present information and data in a succinct and relevant way in order to build arguments; 3.Engage with others in effectively completing work tasks. Cognitive Skills: 1.Engage in critical analysis of change strategies; 2.Recognise and critically engage with assumptions underpinning conceptual frameworks; 3.Formulate and test assumptions about how change can be managed within varying environmental and structural contexts. Key Skills: 1.Demonstrate skills in academic and business communication in both written and oral forms, and the ability to work on and manage projects; 2.Demonstrate interpersonal skills that will be useful in workplaces, such as influencing, resolving conflict and team work.

Timetabled teaching activities

"Total contact hours: 15 hours. Lectures per week: 3 hours (includes case work and discussion) Module duration (weeks, if applicable): 5 weeks. "

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB98R-15)
A (Assessed work only) Individual Assignment (3500 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Organisation Science) (N1B2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Organisation Science) (N1B2) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Consulting) (N1B4) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Consulting) (N1B4) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Finance and Accounting) (N1A8) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Marketing) (N1B0) - Year 1