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Leadership and Change Management BMA701


This unit is about understanding why and how leaders influence change. The focus of the unit is increasing the effectiveness of leadership and change management skills at an individual and organisation levels.
Leadership and change management are increasingly seen to be key factors affecting the performance of contemporary organisations and are important areas of study in the fields of management and organisational behaviour. Effective leadership and change management are important to professional practices, multinational organisations, the public sector, and not-for-profit organisations.

Leadership is what makes things happen. This unit explores conventional and critical perspectives on leadership and examines the practice of leadership in diverse organisational contexts. Effective leadership requires a thorough knowledge of theory and a range of practical skills to support people in achieving organisational objectives. The unit also covers the personal aspects of leadership, including leaders as relationship builders and organisational shapers.

Change is said to be the only constant in 21st -century organisations. Effective change management requires strong diagnosis skills linked to the history, context, challenges, and opportunities faced by an organisation. This unit will integrate theoretical and practical aspects of change management to enhance capabilities in the design, development, and implementation of change management strategies. It will examine theoretical aspects from both traditional and critical perspectives.


Unit name Leadership and Change Management
Unit code BMA701
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Toby Newstead
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse leadership and change management theory and principles.
  • Evaluate and apply an integrated leadership and change management approach.
  • Appraise how principle elements of leadership impact on self, employees, organisations, and society.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080307 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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AssessmentAssessment Task 2 – Group Presentation, “The Proposal” (30%)|Assessment Task 3 – Reflection & Integration (30%)|Assessment Task 1 – Critical Response (40%)
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There is no prescribed text for this Unit.


Beech, N, MacIntosh, R, Krust, P, Kannan, S & Dadlich, A 2017, Managing Change: Enquiry and Action; Australasian Edition, Cambridge, Port melbourne.

Boonstra, J 2013 Cultural change and leadership in organizations, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester UK.

Daft, R (with the assistance of Lane, PG) 2018, The leadership experience (7th edition), Cengage Learning, Boston Melbourne.

Dolphin, R.R., 2005. Internal communications: Today's strategic imperative. Journal of marketing communications11(3), pp.171-190.

Goffee, R & Jones, G 2006, Why should anyone be led by you? What it takes to be an authentic leader, Harvard Business School Press, Boston.

Hayes J 2014, The Theory and Practice of Change Management (4th edition), Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK.

Hubbard, G, Samuel, D, Cocks, G & Heap, S 2007, The first XI: winning organisations in Australia, (2nd edition), John Wiley, Brisbane.

Marturano, J 2014, Finding the space to lead, Bloomsbury Press, New York.

Rickards, T & Clark, M 2006, Dilemmas of leaders, Routledge, London.

Sinclair, A 2005, Doing leadership differently, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

Spicer, A & Alvesson, M (eds.) 2010, Metapors we lead by: understanding leadership in the real world, Taylor and Francis.

Storey, J (ed.) 2016, Leadership in organizations: current issues and key trends (3rd edition), Routledge, London.

Waddell, DM, Creed, A, Cummings, TG & Worley, CG 2017, Organisational change: development and transformation, (6th edition), Cengage learning, Victoria.

Yukl, G 2013, Leadership in organizations, 8th edn, Pearson, Upper Saddle River. (At the end of this book, there is a very large list of leadership references).

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