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Thompson Rivers University

ORGB 4871: Organizational Development and Change

Students learn to become agents for change thereby improving human resource and organizational effectiveness and productivity. In today’s business environment, a human resource practitioner must be a skilled change manager. Topics include processes of change; perspective of self and others; creating a climate for change; facilitating change transition; gaining commitment and sustaining momentum; and the institutionalization of change and beyond.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe elements that facilitate and constrain change.
  • Describe managerial/leadership roles in facilitating positive change outcomes throughout the four phases of change.
  • Incorporate information about ethical dilemmas when studying change interventions.
  • Develop strategies to incorporate criteria and standards for change interventions.
  • Discuss the roles of resistance and commitment in relation to change.
  • Describe the challenges of sustaining momentum for change.
  • Assess whether the goal of institutionalization has been realized.
  • Propose change strategies for enhancing institutionalization of change.
  • Discuss future trends impacting upon organizational change initiatives.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Change
  • Unit 2: Models of Change
  • Unit 3: Change Topics
  • Unit 4: Stakeholders in Change
  • Unit 5: Institutionalization

Required text and materials

Students will be required to purchase a course pack containing three (3) case studies at an approximate total cost of $40.00 CAD. Instructions for ordering these case studies are found within the course.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete the course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1: Change Speech 5%
Assignment 2: Planning your Change 15%
Assignment 3: Barriers to Change 15%
Assignment 4: Preparing Stakeholders for Change 15%
Assignment 5: Reflection on Change 10%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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