Managing Change and People (HRMP009)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.


Module Co-ordinator

Dr Michael Walsh 





Credit value


Contact hours

20 contact hours 


50% Individual assignment
30% Group assignment
20% Group presentation

The module Managing Change and People is an elective module introducing students to the scope and process of managing organisational change, and to the implications of organisational change management for HRM in particular.

Indicative outline:

  • Defining and outlining organisational change and understanding the necessity of change, the challenges and various issues involved in managing organisational change.
  • HRM perspectives on models and approaches to organisational change, and practical dimensions of planning and implementing change.
  • Understanding the human factor(s) in change management.
  • Implications of organisational change management on HRM practices.

 Module Objectives

The main objectives of the module are to provide the student with an understanding of:

  • the main issues involved in managing organisational change, especially the people issues
  • the main models of, and approaches to, organisational change
  • the main issues involved in planning and implementing organisational change, especially from an HR perspective
  • understanding and overcoming resistance to change
  • change from the perspectives of the different parties involved
  • how to change their own and other people’s behaviour

Learning Outcomes

Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject

At the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • understand both the theory and practice of managing organisational change, and analyse how this affect HRM practices;
  • appreciate the benefits and limitations of the various approaches to organisational change;
  • analyse case studies of organisational change and their implications for managing human resources;
  • understand the ethical issues involved in change;
  • plan and implement change projects within the context of HR practices.

Generic and cognitive skills

Students will particularly develop analytical, problem-solving, personal organisational skills.

Preparatory Work

Introductory reading:

Burnes, B. (2009) Managing Change, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Harlow.


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