The question itself asks you to focus on reviewing an organisational change AND discuss the lessons learnt from this review about the management of change. You can think of this as two parts and you need to consider both within your answer. As a general guide you might use up to two-thirds of the word count (i.e. 1650 words) reviewing an organisational change; and one-third (i.e. 825 words) focusing on the lessons learnt from this review about the management of change.
When discussing the lessons learnt for the management of change please remember that this is NOT solely a repetition of points you have already made when reviewing an organisational change. Some people choose to use the same theories, models and perspectives to discuss both the organisational change and the management of change. Other people choose to use different theories, models and perspectives to discuss each of these. Which judgement you make is likely to depend on the points and arguments you want to make within your essay. Your judgement might (or might not) be to briefly review some of your earlier points from the review of an organisational change however to earn MARKS your discussion of the management of change needs to include some additional points and arguments.
• Do a critical review not a descriptive review of a specific organisational change (for example, do not simply state what happened, but build on this by explaining why it is important). Description should be kept to a minimum the emphasis is on discussion, analysis and argument.
• Discuss with relevant theories/ approaches the lessons that can be learnt about the successful management of within organisational change
Tutors will mark the essay based on the following assessment criteria:
• Knowledge and understanding of relevant theories (T)
• Analysis linking theory and practice (A)
• Critical evaluation and coherent argument (C)
Meeting these assessment criteria will require the following:
• Relevant theories and models are selected
• Read extensively and use a wide range of theories
• Demonstrate understanding without describing in detail
• Examples of relevant theories, perspectives, and models can be found in the core text, module handbook, study units 6 to 12 lecture and seminar materials, and readings on the course blackboard site. You are expected to do your own literature search beyond the level of detail/ content that is presented in lectures.
A (Analysis and Application)
• Detailed exploration of your chosen organisational change
• Make use of theories and literature to demonstrate insight and to expose key issues.
• Illustrate your answer with a good range of relevant illustrative examples from the organisational change to build your analysis.
C (Criticality) Demonstrate critical thinking. This means making clear arguments that emphasise the relevance and importance of particular insights. For example:
• Maintain a focus on answering the question throughout and develop a line, or lines, of reasoning or argument
• Introduce your main argument at the beginning of your essay and then develop the details of how you reached this. Your introduction should also tell us how you are answering the question and structuring your essay.
• Make points that are evidenced with details from examples from your experience and discuss relevant aspects of your chosen theories/ approaches
• Question the applicability and usefulness of the theories and literature: did it help you to analyse the organisational change?
• Compare and contrast the relevance of your chosen theories/ models. Are they useful in gaining insight into the organisational change?
• Comment on the limits and relevance of different theories and models to help you answer the question
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