MGT540 Facilitating 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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst Campus
Term 3 (45)
On Campus
Economic and Finance Institute

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT540. 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

Postgraduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify drivers of organisational change;
  • be able to examine stakeholder responses to change;
  • 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 analyse and assess the ethical and sustainability issues surrounding organisational change;
  • be able to assess an organisational change management program in relation to organisation and performance goals; and
  • propose, justify and communicate ethical recommendations that contribute to the success of a change initiative.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT540 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Presentation (start-up company analyses)
Case study (nature of organisational change)
Evaluation and reflection on change

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.