Challenging Taken-For-Granteds: Teaching Students to Manage Change?

By Tina Bass.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This paper is designed to outline a case of innovative teaching practice in a UK Business School. The author has taught the management of change to final year undergraduates for almost ten years. Over that time she has become increasingly persuaded by a) social constructionist ideas of learning 'in relation', and b) social constructionist challenges to rational models of organising, decision-making and change. As a direct consequence of this, much of the content of the 'Managing Change' module/unit is web-based. There are five lectures which are designed to underpin key points of theory, with seminars designed to encourage students to consider their actions within business scenarios. Politics, Power, Knowledge, and Political Action are taken as starting points for the process of organising.

As well as outlining positive aspects of how and why this module came to have its current form, points of tension will be highlighted. How to ‘engage’ students that are used to being passive receivers of knowledge? How to encourage individuals to openly share ideas with a Learning Set? How to get students to take control? The author doesn’t pretend to have all of the answers but invites you to share some of the experiences and insights that she has gained.

Keywords: Managing Change, Teaching, Learning, Case Study

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 7, pp.41-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 485.806KB).

Tina Bass

Senior Lecturer, Business, Environment and Society, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

Tina is employed by Coventry University as a Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Applied Management in the School of Business, Environment & Society. In her short career she has taught across an array of programmes at every level within Higher Education, from Foundation (pre-degree) to Postgraduate/Post-experience. She previously spent several years as a Senior Administrator at Coventry University and prior to that worked within the Leicestershire Employment Service. Her research interests are focused upon exploring the teacher/student relationship in Higher Education and the importance of communication in creating effective learning.

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