This course is a macro examination of organizations as it addresses the whole organization as a unit. The course examines contemporary concepts and processes of organizational theory and leading change. It investigates current best practices for understanding overall organizational functioning and the planning for and implementation of change, minimizing resistance to change, and conflict resolution. It relates to how organizations should be designed (organized) to best achieve their objectives and therefore is primarily related to top and middle management concerns.
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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply the concepts of organizational theory and their implications.
- Develop comprehension of best practices in understanding organizational theory and leading change.
- Describe cultural implication of organizational theory and change.
- Apply critical thinking approach to understanding, evaluating, and leading organizational change.
- Compare and show connections between practical experiences and the theories and strategies of organizational change.
- Explain principles of leading change, planning change, resistance to change.
- Develop approaches and techniques for conflict resolution.
- Explain how to communicate change, and as well as organizational and individual mandates for change.
- Analyze overall implications of change.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Written Assignments (Week 1-8)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Final Report Summary & Recommendations (Week 8)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Burke, W.A., (2018) Organization Change: theory and practice, 5th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN-13: 9781506357997
Readings and Exercises
|Topic: Introduction to Organization Theory|
|Topics: Understanding Growth, Change, & the Stages of Life Cycle Development|
|Topics: What to Change & Building a Need for Change|
|Topic: Levels of Organizational Change|
|Topics: Recipients of Change and Stakeholders|
|Topics: Becoming an Agent and Making a Plan|
|Topic: Organizational Cultures|
|Topic: Leading Organizational Change|
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.