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-ordinatorMartha Kamara

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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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, 2018, Week 14-26, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMartha Kamara

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 14 - 14
One 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 14 to week 14 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Saturday April 6th"

WorkShop Week: 16 - 16
One 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 16 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Saturday April 21st"

WorkShop Week: 20 - 20
One 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 20 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Saturday May 19th"

WorkShop Week: 24 - 24
One 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 24 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Saturday June 16th"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 14 - 26
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 14 to week 26 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assessment Task 1 Case Analysis (2000 words equiv)A high level of analytical depth is required.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assessment Task 2 Workplace Change Plan (3000 words equiv)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05