MBAD643-20X (C) General non-calendar-based 2020

Leading Change

10 points

Start Date: Monday, 4 May 2020
End Date: Sunday, 28 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 15 May 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 June 2020


This course will give you an insight into the excitement and challenge associated with introducing and leading change, especially strategic change, in organisations. The course is based on Associate Professor Nilakant’s change management model that views change management as addressing four complex tasks: a. appreciating change, b. mobilising support, c. executing change, and d. building change capability.

This course takes an in-depth look at the dynamics of organisational change equipping the experienced leader with the strategic thinking frameworks and practical tools to lead successful change projects. Each participant will critically analyse a change inquiry in their own setting and throughout the course design a customised change initiative.  

This will be informed by a range of contemporary change frameworks including complexity based systems. This change initiative will include strategies for growing engagement, motivation and commitment within an organisation. Leaders will be gain action competence in tools to developing capability including; fostering interaction, leveraging collective intelligence, creating ownership and empowerment and fostering interdependence. At the completion of the course participants will be equipped with a range of strategies with which to successfully lead positive and sustainable change.

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, you will;

Extend your thinking about the nature of complex human and organisational behaviour

Explore assumptions and mental models that underlie leadership roles and organisational structures in order to critically reflect on enablers and barriers to change.    

Unpack the Cynefin systems thinking framework (Simple, Complicated, Complex and Chaotic modes) and categorise your change initiative in order to select appropriate change strategies for each mode.  

Apply systems thinking tools to map causality networks in complex environments

Select leverage points and develop strategic actions to guide leadership decisions

Develop a detailed understanding of Adaptive Leadership and a toolkit of practical strategies that can be readily implemented

Grow leadership capability to foster engagement and lead cultural change across your organisation

Apply the principles of Positive Psychology to organisational and individual change and understand the Appreciative Inquiry model


Subject to approval of the MBA Director

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 4 May - 10 May
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 4 May - 10 May
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 1 Jun - 7 Jun
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 1 Jun - 7 Jun

Course Coordinator

Chris Jansen

Dr Chris Jansen – Senior Fellow, Organisational Leadership
Cell:  0272111332  
Skype: chrisjansen007


Assessment 1: Change Initiative 60%
Develop a comprehensive and individualized change initiative based in your work setting and linked to a review of change leadership literature and case studies. (1500 words)  

Assessment 2: Presentation 30%
Communicating your change initiative
Ignite talk’ structure (15 slides timed for 20 seconds each = total 5 minutes per presentation)

Assessment 3: Online Forum 10%
Contribution over 4 weeks to the online group forums on the MBAD643X Learn site.

Details of each assessment is available in the Assessment Guidelines


NOTE: UC General Course and Examination Regulations

Appeals and Grievances

Special Consideration

Special Consideration Application

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required text for this course. Readings for the course are on Learn.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,598.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Master of Business Administration Programme on the department and colleges page.

All MBAD643 Occurrences

  • MBAD643-20X (C) General non-calendar-based 2020