MGT540 Management of Change (8)


Change is a dynamic and perpetual process, and this subject introduces students to a range of theoretical and practical perspectives that facilitate a critical awareness of organisational change. The relationship between the organisation and the staff affected by change is examined through contemporary change-management thinking. Knowledge gained is applied to analyse organisational change issues and explore alternative courses of action.

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Term 2
On CampusEconomic and Finance Institute
Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusCSU Study Centre Melbourne
On CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusCSU Study Centre Melbourne
On CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is equivalent to that covered in MGT501 or MBA501 or MGT571.

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and define organisational change;
  • be able to assess and explain reasons for organisational change and explain why these are contested;
  • be able to identify, examine and critically analyse approaches to organisational change, and assess the outcomes, from a range of theoretical perspectives;
  • be able to identify, analyse and critically evaluate resistance to organisational change from a range of positions;
  • be able to analyse and assess the ethical nature of organisational change; and
  • be able to identify, describe and assess an organisational change management programme and propose, justify and communicate an alternative approach.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The change context: What is organisational change and why does it happen; and internal and external reasons for change
  • The process of organisational change: How change is contructed; and who is involved in change management
  • Identification and critical evaluation of change interventions
  • Alternative perspectives to organisational change: Resistance; and ethical considerations
  • Making sense of organisational change: Communication; and changing organisational and occupational identity


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.