AACSB and EQUIS.
MMH707 – Organisation Development and Change
Trimester 1, 2020
Individual Assignment (Workplace Business Report)
DUE DATE AND TIME: Friday 1st May, 2020
PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE: 40%
HURDLE DETAILS: Not Applicable
Learning Outcome Details
Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 1: Relate the theory of change management to the
achievement of strategic goals and objectives in
organisations to determine change readiness.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and
GLO4: Critical Thinking
Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin
approximately three weeks after the due date.
Description / Requirements
Organisations are now subjected to unprecedented levels of change due to an extremely competitive global
environment. Change managers must therefore be vigilant in monitoring and addressing any issue (internally
or externally to the organisation) which may negatively impact change programs. Of even greater
importance is the ability of change managers to assess whether the organisations for which they work,
exhibit a ‘readiness to change’. Failure to make this assessment, despite the strategic importance and
necessity of certain change initiatives, will almost certainly lead to sub-optimal change outcomes. By taking
the time to reflect on, and address, the issues and factors which can reduce the level of change readiness,
change managers can ensure that an environment exists which allows successful change outcomes to
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Task: Business Report (40 marks)
This assignment will be completed on an individual basis.
Your task is to prepare a business report for your immediate supervisor to assess the level of change
readiness in your organisation. Please structure your report in accordance with the following headings,
paying particular attention to the requirements listed. Failure to do this will result in a loss of marks. When
addressing the requirements specified under each heading, you must highlight relevant research and its
applicability to the organisation you have chosen.
Your report must be agreed to and signed off by your immediate supervisor.
If you are currently between roles or have not worked in a formal organisational setting, please email me
with your contact details so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Strategy and Change
State in plain terms what the strategic mission of your organisation is. You must be specific about
the strategic goals and objectives your area is trying to achieve to satisfy this mission. To what extent
do the change initiatives you normally work on align with the strategic intent (mission, goals and
objectives) of your organisation. Why is this alignment important?
In what ways are the following areas relevant when deciding whether or not your organisation is
o The internal and external perspectives of strategy
o Formulation and implementation of strategy as it pertains to change initiatives
o Organisational structure (does the structure enable or impede change readiness)
o Value proposition (why is the change initiative specified worth pursuing?)
What is an organisational value chain and why is this concept important when assessing the level of
Briefly explain what organisational culture is and why it is important when assessing your
organisation’s change readiness.
Use an appropriate tool to explain your organisation’s culture and discuss how cultural deficiencies
can negatively impact your organisation’s ability to successfully implement change initiatives and be
a change-ready organisation.
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Stakeholder Identification and Management
Explain why stakeholder identification is crucial when implementing change initiatives and how this
can impact change readiness.
You must utilise an appropriate tool to identify the most likely stakeholders in your immediate area.
To what degree are these stakeholders able to influence your organisation’s level of change
readiness and why?
Identification of stakeholders is only the first step in trying to make an organisation change ready.
Explain how stakeholders are managed in your immediate area and to what extent this impacts
Resistance to Change
• Define and explain the concept of resistance.
• Does resistance impact change readiness? Explain your answer.
• With respect to change readiness, are there any strategies that you can utilise, or currently utilise, to
reduce the level of resistance in your organisation?
Are there any factors, in addition to those listed above, that you believe must be taken into account when
assessing the change readiness of your organisation? Some of these factors may include risks, opportunity
costs, internal politics, etc.
You must produce a clear, concise and succinct list of findings which signals to your immediate
supervisor the level of change readiness within your organisation. Failure to do this will result in a
loss of marks.
Note Carefully: The aim of this report is to highlight the degree to which your organization is ready to
accept and implement change and, in doing so, highlight potential areas for improvement. As such, this
section of your report should not include a list of recommendations.
Written Assignment Administrative Details
You should include a brief executive summary, table of contents and brief appendices. Extensive appendices
may result in a reduction of marks. Use the section headings above to structure the main body of your
report (you should not need sub-headings).
This assignment requires robust research and therefore, a reasonable use of references. While textbook
references can be used, you are also encouraged to use industry research reports, case studies and any
other industry-based evidence to support your findings.
The report must be no longer than 2,500 words (approximately 4 to 5 pages of words, but by including
diagrams and any other graphics or figures it will be considerably longer. Words in diagrams such as the
Cultural Web or the stakeholder Grid will not be included in the word count provided they are used to
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highlight critical information. If paragraphs of text are included in these diagrams, they will be included in
the word count. Words in tables are included in the word count of the main body of your report.
Note that the 2500-word count does not include your cover page, your executive summary, your reference
list or your appendices.
Note also that 10% of the total available marks for the assignment may be deducted from your final
assignment mark for every 100 words that exceed the 2500-word limit. For example, assignments of 2700
words (not including descriptors in diagrams, cover page, executive summary, reference list or appendices)
may receive a penalty deduction of 20% of the total available marks for the assignment. Please do not
exceed the word limit for the assignment.
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Online areas and getting help
A ‘Written Assignment’ link is in the ‘Unit Assessment’ area in the MMH707 Cloud Deakin site (in the Unit
Resources folder) and it accessible to all students enrolled in MMH707.
The Written Assignment area contains a Written Assignment Discussion area for questions and discussions of
a general nature about the assignment. It is open to all students so that all students can benefit.
(Up to 5 marks may be lost if these instructions are not followed correctly)
Your work must be submitted in accordance with the instructions shown below.
1. You lodge your assignment via the ‘Drop Box’ which is accessible in the Written Assignment area of the
MMH707 Cloud Deakin site.
2. Your assignment must be submitted in Word format. The Word document you submit must be named
using the Deakin user ID of the student who is to do the actual submission in Cloud Deakin. The format
MMH707Assignment No. 1-DeakinuserID
For example, if Mike Bengough is going to submit an assignment via Cloud Deakin and his Deakin user ID
is ‘mikeb’, then the Word document would be named
MMH707Assignment No. 1-mikeb
Your name and student number must be at the start of the business
report, i.e. front/title page.
3. Submit the Word document (business report) via the Written Assignment Submission link.
Important to note:
If you submit your assignment after 11:59pm on the due date it will be considered late. If you need
to, you can look up your local time at http://www.whitepages.com.au/wp/search/time.html.
No extensions will be considered for assignment submission due dates, unless a written request is
submitted well prior to the due date and approved by the unit chair.
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See below for penalties pertaining to late submissions.
You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been
returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced, you will need to submit
your backup copy.
Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion
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email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can
see your assignment in the Submissions view of the Assignment ‘dropbox’ folder after upload, and check
for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.
Penalties for late submission: The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an
assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from
available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after
the due date will not be marked. You will receive 0% for the task. ‘Day’ means working day for paper
submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late
submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date.
For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and
assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in
this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site.
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