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BSc International Management with American Business Studies

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Organisational Change and Transformation in the 21st Century

Unit code BMAN31631
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


You may be thinking about becoming a consultant, business analyst, marketing specialist, accountant, human resource manager, entrepreneur, international relations manager, software developer, researcher, operations manager, etc. The list is endless. However, whatever your choice of career progression, you will require a range of critical skills and abilities concerning the processes of decision-making, problem-solving, strategic thinking, the presentation of facts and information (reports, meetings, documentation) and organisational change. During the course we will examine different ways of understanding these issues within the field of management and through different images of organisation. This will involve reflecting on a range of ideas of social responsibility and critical analysis through specific examples, case studies and real-life examples.

Individual feedback is also a key part of this course especially when applying the ideas you develop during the course to real-life case studies. You will therefore receive feedback on your ideas and work during the course in order support this learning experience and to develop your understanding of the issues.  


Available to students on: BSc Mgt/Mgt (Specialism), IMABS and IM.


The main aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and abilities to reflect on a range of issues concerning innovation, change and development within organizations and society. This will include developing the ability to see beyond and unpack simple accounts in order to develop more creative, socially responsible and innovative images of change and development. In particular, we will study a range of practices, developments, projects and controversies connected to real-life examples, from different images and perspectives. In addition to studying a range of approaches and case studies, this course will also provide you with the opportunity to select a particular issue, innovation, device or set of organizational practices that you may wish to explore in greater detail. Students have previously selected a diverse range of projects, including areas such as Airport Terrorism and Security, Smart Cities, Management of Educational Change, Health Care, Facebook, Zika Virus, Olympic Games, Mobile Phones, Environmental Management and Sustainability, HRM Techniques, Chip and Pin Technology, HS2, Mp3 Development, Music Piracy, Finance and many more. Within this project, you will apply the ideas and images you have developed during the course to your chosen innovation, controversy, or area of development and change. The coursework represents 100% of your assessment although formative group work and feedback will also be provided as part of the ongoing learning and development process. This will include individual feedback on your first essay and support in the development of your project work.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course the student should have developed:

1. An understanding of different images, approaches and perspectives relating to issues of development, change and controversies within organizations and society.

2. A knowledge and understanding of how these different approaches can be applied to specific cases and empirical situations.

3. An ability to select and analyse research material from a wide range of sources and produce a report relating to a specific set of organizational practices, innovations or controversies.

4. An ability to examine and critically reflect upon a range of theories, issues and perspectives and apply them in different real-life settings.

5. Group and team-working.

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery: Lectures, Surgeries, Group Presentation Feedback Sessions, & Seminars.

Lectures/Surgeries: 24 hours
Seminars: 6 hours

Additional Feedback Sessions: 4 hours
Private Study: 166 Hours
Total Hours: 200 Hours

Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, self-study and preparation for classes and coursework.

Informal Contact Methods

1. Office Hours

2. Online Learning Activities

3. Peer Assisted Study Sessions

4. Drop in Surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with)

5. Project Feedback Surgeries

Assessment methods

2000 word essay - November (30%)

4000 individual project -  January (70%)

Group work also provides part of the learning and formative feedback process. This will allow you to apply the knowledge developed during the course. However, it does not form part of your final assessment for either piece of the coursework. 


Feedback methods

Lecture handouts, Papers/Readings, Seminar Handouts, email feedback, verbal and written essay feedback and group discussions, and a formative group presentation and feedback session. Blackboard will support the provision of this course and you can access written information via this platform.


Recommended reading

Hall, A. E. J. & Mendel, J. (2014) Digital traces and the 'print' of threat: targeting populations in the war on terror in  Harvey, P., Conlin Casella, E., Evans, G., Knox, H., McLean, C., Silva, E., Thoburn, N. & Woodward, K. (eds.) Objects and materials: A Routledge Companion.

Kitchin, R. (2014). Making sense of smart cities: addressing present shortcomings. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 8, 131-136.

Morgan, G. (1986). Images of organization. Sage Publications.

Örtenblad, A., Putnam, L. L., & Trehan, K. (2016). Beyond Morgan’s eight metaphors: Adding to and developing organization theory. Human relations, 69(4), 875-889.

Schouten, P. (2014). Security as controversy: Reassembling security at Amsterdam airport. Security Dialogue, 45(1)


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Project supervision 4
Seminars 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 166

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christine McLean Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: None

Co-requisites: None

Dependent courses: None

Programme Restrictions: Available to BScs in Management/Management (Specialism), International Management, International Management with American Business Studies.


For Academic Year 2020/21

Updated: March 2020

Approved by: March UG Committee



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