School of Business and Management

BUSM108 Leading Organisational Change


1 (2017/18)



Module organiser

Dr Stefan Krummaker

Module overview

This module will investigate and discuss leading change in organisations from a theoretical sound and practical  perspective. Marrying theory and practice will allow students to critically reflect on organisational change processes and to apply their knowledge directly to real world cases and practices. Furthermore, understanding and challenging practices of leading change will contribute to students' employability and their personal development. More specifically, the module will focus on:

  • forces and conceptual perspectives of organisational change
  • theories and concepts of leading change - in particular Transformational Leadership (visionary, motivational and inspirational leadership)
  • creating an environment for creativity and innovation
  • leading change in different cultural environments
  • responsible leadership in organisational change
  • followers' role in and contributions to organisational change
  • organisational energy and energising leadership strategies
  • avoiding overacceleration and stress in organisational change
  • self-leadership in organisational change


60% examination and 40% coursework

Indicative reading list

Core books:

- Yukl, G. (2013): Leadership in Organisations, 8e, Pearson
- Northouse, P. G. (2013): Leadership: Theory and Practice, 6e, Sage
- Jackson, B. & Parry, K. (2011): A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership, 2e, Sage
- Bruch, H. & Vogel, B. (2011): Fully Charged: How Great Leaders Boost Their Organization's Energy and Ignite High Performance, Harvard Business Press

Journal articles from top-ranked journal such as Leadership Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business review etc. will be specified by lecture at a later stage.