CA520 Leading Organizational Change

for F1P 2012

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CA 520 Seminar in Organizational Change


F1P 2012 MCX


McDonald, Michael


Adjunct faculty


Ph.D. University of Kansas, Communication Studies
Masters University of Missouri-Kansas City Communication Studies
Undergraduate University of Missouri-Kansas City Communication Studies

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Office Hours

11-12 T Th

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

Aug. 18-Oct. 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



American Psychological Association (2005). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. (ISBN 1557987912)

Bolman, L. G. & Deal, T. E. (2003). Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership. San Fransico: Jossey Bass. ISBN 0787964271

Cawsey, T. F. & Deszca, G. (2007). Toolkit for Organizational Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 9781412941068

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
CA 520 Seminar in Organizational Change: An examination of change processes including preparation, implementaion, and evaluation. Special attention will be given to the role of leadership as an agent of change.

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that students have differing styles of learning. It important
that today's graduate students are taught to achieve in their discipline
with several learning tools. Aside from the traditional use of texts and
articles I find that students need to be motivated to learn with more
diverse activities. Therefore, along with traditional methods I
incorporate discussion, case studies, presentations, and visual
activities. These are also implemented with a strong emphasis on
writing, reading and lecture materials.

Class Assessment:

You will demonstrate that you have mastered the learner outcomes through: discussion, homework, and writing. 

Grading plan:

500 points divided into the following areas:

Papers/Presentations: 225 points

   Book report presentation 125 points
   Integration paper 100 points

Participation/Homework:  140 points

   Weekly discussion worth 10 points each (80 points)
Article summaries 3@ 20 points each (60 points)

Core Assessment:  135 points
Case analysis paper

Grading scale:

450-500 points = A; 400-449 points = B; 350-399 points = C; 300- 349 points D; below 300 points = failing

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All work must be completed and submitted to the dropbox by midnight Sunday. If it is late 10% of the grade will be deducted for each day that work is turned in after the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 Writing: All work must be typed or word-processed. Make sure all written work has been proof read and spell checked. Spelling and grammatical errors hurt your credibility and reduce the possibility of effective communication. I believe that writing is a means to learning; that there is a correlation between reading and writing; and that writing helps one discover, clarify, examine, and synthesize information. Writing is, therefore, integral to this course and will be evaluated on its form as well as its content. All papers should be typed, double-spaced, left justified, and use a 10-12 pt font. Margins should be no larger than one inch. NOTE: While computers make writing easier, you must realize that technology can cause problems. Keep hard copies of papers you have submitted and save work in multiple places should we experience computer failure.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Week one

What is change and why does it fail?

Bolman and Deal, Chaps. 1-2

Cawsey and Deszca, Chap. 1

Article review 1 due

Week two

Structural and human resource frames

Bolman and Deal, Chaps. 3-8

Article review 2 due

Week three

Political and symbolic frames

Bolman and Deal, Chaps. 9-12, and 14

Article review 3 due

Week four

Frames, leadership, and change

Bolman and Deal, Chaps. 15-21 Integrative paper due

Week five

Strategies for change

Cawsey and Deszca, Chap. 6

Week six

Strategies for change

Cawsey and Deszca, Chap. 7

Book reports due

Week seven

Other views of organizational change

Listen to all fellow student book reports

Case analysis due

Week eight

Pulling it all together

Read student cases

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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