MGT572 Managing Organisational Change (8)

This subject develops an understanding of the change management process in contemporary organisations and covers the inevitability of change; the nature of change; the planning, implementation, evaluation and institutionalisation of change; the politics, culture and ethics of change management; and the impact of change on individuals, groups and organisations.  There is an emphasis on the role of managers as change agents and the subject presents a comprehensive range of change strategies, programs, and interventions directed at individual, team and organisation-wide levels.  There is also a focus on how to make the process of designing and implementing organisational change more effective.

Assumed knowledge in this subject is equivalent to that covered in MGT571 and HRM571. 

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is available only to students enrolled in the Master of Management (Information Technology) or Master of Project Management or Master of Business Administration (Computing) or Master of Management (Chartered Marketer).

This subject is not available to students who have completed MGT540.



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to identify, and articulate, the environmental pressures which are heightening attention to organisational change and its management.
  • Be able to describe how organisational change can be conceptualised and assess theories and practices in its management.
  • Be able to outline and critique the process of planned change embraced by organisation development.
  • Be able to discuss techniques used in diagnosing organisations, recognising the role of diagnostic models and assessing the suitability of data collection methods.
  • Be able to describe and critically assess a range of interventions used to achieve change at different levels or for different target groups within organisations, with particular attention to interventions aiming for individual, group, structural, cultural and strategic change.
  • Be able to articulate how support for change can be mobilised, with particular attention to aspects like exercising political insight and skills, countering resistance to and fostering enthusiasm for the change program.
  • Be able to distinguish transitional from transformational change and determine the change approach and strategies appropriate for each.
  • Be able to apply a range of change management principles and practices to diverse change scenarios.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The change process
  • Identifying the need for change
  • Resistance to change
  • The dynamics of politics, power and influence, and persuasion
  • The ethics of change
  • Planned change
  • Setting change goals
  • Designing and planning the intervention
  • Implementing and evaluating the change
  • Managing resistance
  • Adapting to the environment versus influencing the environment.
  • Strategies for individual change and self-development
  • Organisational development
  • Organisational development interventions
  • Change agents and consultants
  • Managing technological change
  • Implementing new technology
  • Managing growth and expansion of technology


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.