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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Leading Organizational Change
BUSI-504

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Students in this course will study the impact of change on an organization and stakeholders and the dynamics of change in order to lead organizational change efforts. The course reviews the literature for the best practices relating to organizational change and organizational learning.

Requisites

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The School of Business seeks to equip the student with the necessary skills to solve complex management and leadership issues using effective management and leadership practices. In recent years, strategy theorists in organization, marketing, and economics have all indicated that the concept of change has been integral to their disciplines. Companies have concluded they have to build their capacity to respond and adapt to changing demands and opportunities. This requires a critical set of managerial skills, particularly the ability to manage change. This course will help the student develop and apply those skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the theories and perspectives of organizational change.
  2. Propose how a manager applies the theories and perspectives of organizational change.
  3. Identify the role of the internal and external environment in driving or restraining change.
  4. Analyze the strategies to implement successful organizational change.
  5. Integrate biblical principles within the field of leadership.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Canvas recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. The Holy Bible

(Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussion assignments are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and integrate at least 2 peer-reviewed articles. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 250 words and contain at least 1 citation from a peer-reviewed journal and 1 from the textbook.

Change Management Image Self-Reflection Paper Assignment

The Change Management Image Self-Reflection Paper will require the student to understand and apply the concept of change management images and support this concept by incorporating a minimum of 2 scholarly sources (published within the last 5 years) in addition to the course textbook and biblical integration. The paper must include a minimum of 500-words written in current APA format. However, all sources must be properly referenced in current APA format at the end of the paper. The paper will be submitted via Turnitin.

Consulting Proposal Assignments (2)

The student will write a 1000–1500-word consulting report in current APA format that focuses on the content as explained in the assignment instructions. In addition to the text, at least 4 scholarly peer-reviewed sources must be included.

Change Initiative Assessment Assignments (2)

Change Initiative Assessment: Outline Assignment

For this assignment, the student will research a major transformational effort of a target organization he/she selects. The following information must be included: a title page, the name and description of the target organization (industry, location, income/budget, number of employees, etc.), a description of the change process the group will explore (150–250 words), and an initial list of at least 5 peer-reviewed sources the student expects to use on a separate reference page in current APA format. 

Change Initiative Assessment: Paper Assignment

Each student will prepare 1 document to submit through Turnitin. The project is an organizational change report that will total no more than 15 pages (not counting title or reference pages; no abstract is required). The paper must follow current APA format guidelines and will contain 2 main parts. Part 1 must be 1250–1750 words, and Part 2 must be 1500–2000 words. A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed sources must be used within the paper.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussions (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Change Management Image Self-Reflection Paper Assignment

100

Consulting Proposal Assignments (2 at 150 pts ea) 300

Change Initiative Assessment: Outline Assignment

 75

Change Initiative Assessment: Paper Assignment

125

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1
Learn

Read: 1 item

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Change Management Image Self-Reflection Paper Assignment

Module 2: Week 2
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Discussion: Changing the Culture at British Airways

Module 3: Week 3
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Consulting Proposal: Plane Will Not Move Assignment

Module 4: Week 4
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Discussion: Communicating for Change in Racial Conflict

Module 5: Week 5
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Change Initiative Assessment: Outline Assignment 

Discussion: Dennis Hightower and Disney Europe

Module 6: Week 6
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Consulting Proposal: Change Agent in Waiting Assignment

Module 7: Week 7
Learn

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Discussion: Singapore Air-Continuing Service Improvement

Module 8: Week 8
Learn

Read: 1 item

Watch: 1 item

Apply

Change Initiative Assessment: Paper Assignment