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Managing Organisational Change

Course Code: PUBLG041

Course Tutor:
Dr Marc Esteve (Department of Political Science)

3,000 word essay

Credit Value:

About this course

Managing organizational change is a hands-on course where students learn about specific frameworks, models, and perspectives on effectively managing change in public, private and non-profit organizations. Students begin by covering introductory theories to organizational change and then move into the key concepts of how change occurs within an organization. In particular, students face practical cases to learn how to overcome resistance to change and how to lead change within the different levels of the organization’s hierarchy. Furthermore, we focus on the motivation to reform public sector organizations, and the effects that such reforms can have on policy implementation. By course end, students ought to have a broad comprehension and tools for changing organizations successfully.

Course Aims

  • To understand the various determinants of organizational change
  • To understand why politicians attempt to reform bureaucratic organizations and the effects such reforms have on policy making
  • To understand the effects of organizational change on the daily behaviour of public sector officials
  • To understand what facilitates and what impedes agencies and organizations from successfully working together
  • To be able to apply these concepts to specific complex policy issues

This module is intended for students that have at least three years of relevant working experience in any public policy domain. Please contact the course tutor Dr Marc Esteve ( before 7th October 2014 to discuss your suitability.

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