Module code: MANM066

Module Overview

In today’s environment, leading successful change is no longer a managerial luxury but a critical necessity. This elective is designed to help students learn about strategic change and how to implement it more effectively within organisation. We will explore the nature of change and the different types of change both in terms of degree of urgency and scope. A business challenge will be identified and recruited for a strategic change consultancy case to be completed by student teams. Students will be expected to reflect on their experiences (both positive and negative).

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N211

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 42

Guided Learning: 18

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The module will include the following indicative topics:


  • Nature of strategic change

  • Theories of strategic change in organisations

  • Anticipatory change and leading the introduction of a new organisational practice

  • Change agent and leading change

  • Exploring the change context

  • Organisational culture and strategic change

  • Mobilising individuals for change

  • Reactive change and leading a business turnaround

  • Creating an effective change plan

  • Working effectively with the client, including delivering an effective presentation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION (15 MINUTES PLUS Q+A) 30

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment Students who may need to re-sit the team assessment will have to sit a verbal examination similar to the content of the team presentation (20 mins., which will be audio recorded for moderation and external examiner purposes) and a report on the same topics (max 1,000 words).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to put theories of strategic change management into practice

The summative assessment consists of:

  • Completion of a learning reflection or journal covering theory from reading materials, as well as lectures and group discussions.

  • This learning reflection requires students to summarize key theoretical concepts, demonstrate an understanding of these key concepts, and considers these concepts in connection to moments of change previously experienced professionally.

  • Group project / presentation in which students will:

  • Analyse the change implementation process of a company or organization of your choice. Analyze the change from at least 2 different perspectives.

    - Refer to tools, methods and theories discussed in class or explained in the relevant literature

    - Base your analysis on public sources, document analysis, own experience and / or interviews

    - Potential perspectives: Top management, middle management, employees, employee representatives (works council), consultants, „the public“.

Formative assessment and Feedback

•Students will receive individual feedback during the module from the tutor.

Module aims

  • Provide concepts, frameworks, and tools related to strategic change management that can be applied to any ambiguous change challenge
  • Understand how organisational culture impacts strategy and the role it plays in strategic change management
  • Expose students to real world projects and reflect on their leadership and teamwork capabilities

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the underpinning principle of strategic change management and relevant theoretical frameworks K
005 Appreciate the complexity of managing organisational change and the variety of change contexts K
006 Analyse and critically evaluate the design and implementation of programmes of strategic change management in organisations C
007 Appraise the different theories of strategic change management C
008 Apply a set of change tools to introduce a new organisational practice P
009 Apply theoretical change models and tools to a real life business situation P
010 Apply practical solutions to issues of strategic change P
011 Assess stakeholder positions and influencing factors P
003 Improve presentation and communication skills through presenting your team findings to the client in an effective and engaging manner T
004 Increase ability to lead others and to build high performing teams T
001 Develops high personal effectiveness; critical self-awareness, self-reflection and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations and the ability to continue to learn through reflection on practice and experience T
012 Develops a toolbox to manage oneself when involved in complex change projects, whether in a leading, a participating, or a consulting role P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to focus on learning by doing and reflection.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Teaching concepts and then learning through experimentation

  • Presentations by external clients and Q&A sessions

  • Workshop activities conducted in teams and with clients

  • Conversations with external senior managers

  • Visits to organisations

  • Self-directed learning

  • Video and simulations

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Master of Business Administration MBA(MBA PART-TIME YEAR 2) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.