edu5moc managing organisational change




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Organisations are under pressure to change. The need for flexibility, team work, customisation and problem solving in the work context has created a need for understanding how organisations change and the way that change is managed. In this subject students will focus on educational organisations and how they are responding to social, economic and political change. The focus is on the key stakeholders, management and workers, and the way that organisational change impacts on their life and work in the organisation. Students will be introduced to change management theories, especially those relevant to educational organisations and apply the theoretical knowledge to their experiences and practices. The common focus is on how people might be enabled to deal with such changes. Recent case studies of workers whose institutions are changing are considered, together with practical strategies for the development of practical management skills.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Heath

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAchieving organisational change through values alignmentRecommendedBranson, C. (2008)JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, 46(3), 376-395
ReadingsDistributed leadership and organizational change: Reviewing the evidence.RecommendedHarris, A., Leithwood, K., Day, C.,Sammons, P., & Hopkins, D. (2007)JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE, 8, 337-347.
ReadingsEducational change over time? The sustainability and nonsustainability of three decades of secondary school change and continuityRecommendedHargreaves, A. & Goodson, I. (2006)EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION QUARTERLY 42(1), 3-41
ReadingsElephants and fleas? Is your organization prepared for change?RecommendedHandy, C. (2002)FROM HTTP://LEADERTOLEADER.ORG/KNOWLEDGECENTRE/JOURNAL.ASPX?ARTICLEID=119
ReadingsInclusive and exclusive educational change: Emotional responses of teachers and implications for leadershipRecommendedHargreaves, A.(2004)SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT 24(2), 287-309
ReadingsOrganisational change management: A critical reviewRecommendedBy, R. (2005)JOURNAL OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT, 5(4) 369-380.
ReadingsShould educational leadership focus on best practices or next practices?RecommendedLeithwood, K.(2008)JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE, 9, 71-75.
ReadingsSustainable leadership in small rural schools: Selected Australian vignettesRecommendedClarke, S. & Stevens, E. (2009)JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE, 10, 277-293
ReadingsThe Heart of ChangeRecommendedKotter, J. & Cohen, S. (2002)HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PRESS PP1-14
ReadingsThe impact of workplace remodelling on change management and working practices in English primary schools.RecommendedHammersley-Fletcher, L. (2008)SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT, 28(5), 489-503.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Examine the process of organisational change from broad social and economic perspectives.


02. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace learning and the politics of practice and how these shape organisational change.


03. Critically evaluate organisational learning as a way to manage change.


04. Recognise and analyse common strategies for change seen in managers and staff during organisational change.


05. Demonstrate strategies to lead and manage in a rapidly changing environment.


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 20-21, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Heath

Class requirements

Four 7.0 hours workshop per study period and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Assessment Task 1 Case Analysis (2000 words equiv)A high level of analytical depth is required.4001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assessment Task 2 Workplace Change Plan (3000 words equiv)6001, 02, 03, 04, 05