There are two forms of assessment that will be used during the module. On a
frequent basis, you will gain verbal ‘formative feedback’ from your lecturer and peers
which will be derived to aid your learning. This feedback is not recorded against your
student record, but is to be used by you to improve your work further. The second
form of feedback is ‘summative’ assessment and will be the grade and feedback
gained from the work you will submit at the end of the module.
The focus of this Module Assignment will be to devise an action plan and
recommendations for leading and managing organisational change successfully. The
organisational problem requiring change is up to you to decide as it needs to be
based upon one which you are familiar with (it could be your own organisation if you
are employed). In sorting through your chosen problem, remember that what is
evident on the surface are symptoms but what matters are the root causes that have
resulted in those symptoms. Treating the symptoms without identifying and
addressing the root causes is unlikely to result in a successful resolution of the
A brief statement of the organisational issue you plan to address (Week 5 –
An analysis of the leadership of the organisational change issue (Week 7 –
A critical literature review (Week 9 – summatively assessed)
A final report on how the leadership of the change initiative will be undertaken
(Week 14 – summatively assessed)
Although Week 5 and Week 7 submissions are formative, you will use your Tutor’s
comments and feedback to develop your work, and to ensure you are progressing
along the right track.
This Assignment is designed to equip you with the skills needed to analyse and
develop solutions to leadership challenges arising from an organisational problem. It
gives you the opportunity to combine learning from the module with your own
creativity to challenge the status quo and develop a credible environment for leading
and managing change successfully.
Week 5 Module Assignment: Identification of the organisational change issue
Imagine that you have been appointed as an external change management
consultant to an organisation that you are familiar with or that you currently work in.
Your task is to write a report to the CEO with an action plan and recommendations for
leading and managing the change successfully. The plan must be both engaging and
offer realistic ideas for implementation that address the causal factors underlying the
issue of concern. Be realistic in your assumptions; do not underestimate where
matters might go astray or where complications may occur. Your recommendations
should be supported with logic that flows from your problem definition.
Week 7 Module Assignment: Analysis of the organisational change issue
Provide an analysis of the leadership challenges related to the organisation
change problem you identified in Week 5.
Use your knowledge and experiences of your organisation’s business
practices and culture to consider the impact of the change on all stakeholders.
Compare and contrast the interests, rights and values of all parties involved in
the issue to identify conflicts that exist.
Consider any ethical issues faced by the leader that exist as a result of the
change. Does the change affect some stakeholders positively and others
Week 9 Module Assignment: Critical Literature Review
This week, you will research relevant literature for the Module Assignment. Your task
will be to review research from a wide range of scholarly articles that relate to
leadership and change management. The Royal Literary Fund (2017) set out some
key qualities of a good literature review and can be found at
https://www.rlf.org.uk/resources/what-is-a-literature-review/ Your literature review
should demonstrate that you have a good understanding of state of knowledge
relevant to your subject from the literature you found. If there are differing points of
view about a matter, each of those should be addressed in your literature to provide a
full perspective of the issue.
You should submit an approximately 1000-word critical literature review on leading
change in which you demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and synthesise,
compare and contrast key ideas from the literature.
Week 14 Module Assignment: Analysis of organisational change.
This week, you will complete your Module Assignment, an analysis of leadership
challenges arising from an organisational change and recommendations for leading
and managing the change process.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Reflect on the feedback you received previously in Weeks 5, 7 and 9, updating your
submissions as appropriate based on that feedback.
Apply appropriate theories of organisational leadership and organisational change
relevant to understanding and analysing the change problem.
Via the VLE submission link submit an approximately 3,000-word proposal providing
an analysis of leadership challenges arising from an organisational change and
recommendations for leading/ managing the change process. Use the feedback you
received in earlier weeks and incorporate this to complete your Module Assignment.
Your Module Assignment should have entries under each heading. A suggested
Executive Summary (up to 200 words)
Background to the Situation of the Change
Diagnosis of the Change
Implementing the Change
Conclusions and Recommendations
References (NOT included in word count)
Appendix (NOT included in word count)
– The assignment should be word processed and double line spaced.
– Use Arial size 11 point (this font and size) for your assignments.
– State the word count used in your documents in Section 3 as stated above.
– On each sheet, ensure you have page numbers in the format ‘Page x of y’ – see the
footer in this assignment brief for an example.
– All work (in Section 1, Section 2, Section 3 and References pages) should be
referenced in Harvard style format – there are hand-outs available on-line and at the
Library website if you are unsure about this.
– Do not use Wikipedia, Google, Googlebooks or Yahoo – the former is not peer
assessed and the work is unreliable and the latter are search engines. Do not rely
too heavily on Internet sources. There is no need for a contents page.
– Do use contemporary academic text books and academic journal articles
(newspapers are not articles); use post-year 2005 academic work