Description of the task
Change and sustainability are inextricably linked. The way that an organisation approaches change is based on its commitment to sustainability, the challenges it faces, the drivers for change, and a range of organisational and industry characteristics. Choosing one of the two case studies provided, you will develop a change strategy for the implementation of sustainability related change within the organisation.
Your change strategy should focus on applying change management theory and include an appropriate change meta-model/perspective, change tool and recommendations which address the key practical and theoretical considerations likely to be relevant for the success of the change, particularly in relation to socially responsible and sustainable business practices.
There is no set structure for this assignment but you will be assessed on both your report content and written expression. You are expected to draw on a range of academic texts and to provide a complete and accurate reference list. It is important that you demonstrate how the various elements of your proposed change
approach (sustainability problem + meta-model/perspective + change tool + recommendations) are complementary, appropriate for the organisational context and problem, and address sustainability, ethical and social responsibility concerns.
What to cover in the report
1. Identify a problem that the organisation in your chosen case study is facing (this can be the same as
your presentation or you can choose a different problem). Briefly describe the problem and the
sustainability outcome you are hoping to achieve with this change. In particular you should consider
what kind of sustainability problem it is, why it is a sustainability problem that the organisation should
address, and why this change is necessary from a social responsibility/sustainability perspective.
2. The sustainability phase model describes an organisations level of commitment to and practice with
respect to human and ecological sustainability. Identify and briefly describe the sustainability
phase the organisation is in currently and where this change will move the organisation to and why.
Identify and describe a change meta-model or perspective which frames your change approach
and describes the nature of the change or how the process of change will be approached (e.g. fast,
slow, top-down, bottom up, incremental, radical).
3. A change tool provides the framework for change and determines how the change will happen. Select
an appropriate change tool, describe its key features, and critique its strengths and
weaknesses with respect to the proposed change approach.
4. Recommend ways of exploiting the strengths and addressing any limitations of the selected
change approach to ensure that the change is both sustainable and socially responsible (i.e. it
recognises and addresses the potential impacts on people, the business and the environment).