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ISYS5070: Change Management in IT

This unit of study presents the leading edge of research and practice in change management and focuses on theories, frameworks and perspectives that can guide your work as a change agent in the IT industries. The unit will cover a range of approaches, methods, interventions and tools that can be used to successfully manage change projects that relate to the implementation of new technologies. The globalisation of markets and industries, accelerating technological innovations and the need of companies to remain at the forefront of technological developments in an increasingly competitive, globalised industry have resulted in a significant increase in the speed, magnitude, and unpredictability of technological and organisational change over the last decades. Companies who have the competencies required to navigate change and overcome the inevitable obstacles to success gain a much-needed competitive edge in the marketplace. Increased globalization, economic rationalism, environmental dynamics and technological changes mean that companies, more than ever before, need to be highly flexible and adaptable to survive and thrive. Yet, a large percentage of IT projects fail to achieve the intended objectives, go over time or over budget. The capability to successfully manage organisational and technological change has become a core competency for IT professionals, business leaders and project managers. This unit has been specifically developed for IT professionals, project managers, and senior managers to equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure that IT projects remain on track to achieving the intended objectives on time and on budget. The course presents the key theories, concepts and findings in the context of academic research and change management practice. The objective is to allow participants to critically assess academic theories and methodological practice and devise interventions and actions that allow the successful management of IT initiatives.

Code ISYS5070
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Basic knowledge of information systems as covered in (INFO6007 and COMP5206) or (ISYS2160 and INFO3333) (or equivalent UoS from different institutions).

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. use group work and action learning to examine and strengthen your skills and competencies and develop your approach to managing change in large scale IT projects
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the wider issues that are involved in the accomplishment of a successful professional IT practice during change
  • LO3. analyse change processes at the level of the organisation, business unit, and team/ individual involved in and affected by change
  • LO4. articulate theories on change management and critically assess the underlying assumptions that drive the choice of interventions, tools and methodologies
  • LO5. explore tools/methodologies in sufficient detail to systemically design and selectively choose the interventions and actions required to ensure that IT projects remain on track to achieving the intended outcomes.

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