This course will provide a conceptual frame of organizational change theories, concepts and models. Students will have an opportunity to practice implementing organizational change processes; and to examine critical leadership competencies necessary to lead a strategic change initiative. This course will also allow students to gain a broad understanding of issues associated with implementing a change process at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Students will critically examine different types of change incremental, transitional, transformative, and strategic and the various implementations in performing systems change. (3 credits)
- OEL 501: Learning Community
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe various theories, concepts and models associated with organizational change processes to apply to and organizational dilemma.
- Assess the pros and cons of the various organizational change theories, concepts and models.
- Evaluate the importance of organizational change and illustrate the role that learning plays in an organization change process.
- Explain the roles and relationships of information technology in organizational design, decision-making, and culture as a part of the change.
- Design an organizational change strategy and assess the effectiveness of the process from a leadership perspective.
- Evaluate the critical role of leadership in guiding organizational change.
Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
1. Assess and design learning communities in organizations.
5. Construct organizational leadership strategies.
6. Explain the complexities of organizational design and the interconnection between organizational structure.
7. Design and implement organizational change processes.
9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion Questions:15 Discussion Questions @ 20 points each (Weeks 1-8)
Writing Assignments:5 @ 60points each (Weeks 1,2,3,4 &6)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Team Project / Presentation
(Available through our online bookstore)
- Spector, Bert. Implementing Organizational Change. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-132-72984-0
- American Psychology Association. Publication Manual of American Psychology Association. American Psychology Association. ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-0559-2
Supplemental Required Readings/Resources
- Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Organizational Change-Overview
Topic: Implementing Change
Topic: Engagement & Diagnosis
Topics: Organization Redesign
Topics: People Alignment & Change
Topic: Reinforcing New Behaviors
Topic: Leading Change
Topics: Final Project & Course Wrap-up
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.
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