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Strategic Change Leadership (ISYS90089)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90089
Term 2 - Online
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The contemporary political, economic, technological and social environment is undergoing rapid and transformational change. This is a period of massive disruption as we harness technological innovations and transform the ways in which wealth is created in the new digital economy. Our organisations need to respond to this change and develop strategies and structures to support the reformation of business and work practices necessary to survive.

This subject focuses on the strategic response required by organisations to address this disruption. The subject further explores development and implementation of information systems as both a catalyst for, and a response to, organisational change.

In this subject, several change management theories and models are investigated in depth with an analysis of their applicability, benefits, risks and impacts. A case study of a contemporary organisation is used to facilitate this learning with the application of theory, methods and best practices applied in real situations. These learnings will be of enormous value to students and professionals leading the change in their organisations.

This subject supports course-level objectives by allowing students to develop analytical skills to understand the complexity of real-world work in organisations. It promotes innovative thinking around the deployment of existing and emerging information technologies. The subject contributes to the development of independent critical inquiry, analysis and reflection.


This subject focuses on providing foundation understanding for the professional to understand and manage the current and future impact of change in this disrupted economy.

Topics discussed include: the relationship between change and disruption; the need for strategic change management; and explore the change architecture and organisational readiness to transform itself. The subject will also explore the impacts, on individuals, organisational structures and the role of the change manager in developing the strategic response to successfully navigate the change.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Have developed a sound knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal relationship between IS and organisational change in in management practice
  2. Have developed and applied skills in critical thinking and systems analysis to identify, evaluate and/or communicate strategic and operational issues suited to the application of Change Management concepts and theories to real-world practice
  3. Have developed and applied skills related to business communication, interpersonal, and team skills suited to the application of Change Management concepts and theories to real-world practice
  4. Can demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards as they apply to Change Management in business practice
  5. Independently research and argue disparate beliefs/theories of change management.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Analytical and interpretative skills, in diagnosing organisational issues
  • High-level analytical skills, through application of organisational change theory in a practical context
  • Problem solving skills using change management models
  • Team-work, through working on a group project
  • Report-writing skills; and
  • Presentation skills

Last updated: 28 May 2019