Singapore University of Social Sciences

Organisations as Complex Environments and Change

Organisations as Complex Environments and Change (BXL622)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Institute for Adult Learning


Organisations operate within complex ecosystems. Learners will be challenged to make meaning of differing theoretical perspectives on contemporary theories of organisation and organisational development, and their ideas about learning, innovation, and change. This meaning making process will contribute to learners’ ability to position and support change. Using Knowledge Forum software and physical face-to-face sessions, they will learn to lead discussions that improve on ideas and understandings and move the discussion forward to deepen and co-construct knowledge of this field. Using their own or a selected organisation as the subject, they will move between theory and practice to grow their stance (philosophical beliefs) about organisational change in complex, dynamically changing environments.

Level: 6
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Using Knowledge Forum
  • The nature of organisations as a complex environment
  • Organisational theories and the learning organisation
  • Organisations in dynamically changing ecosystems
  • Organisations and change
  • Trends in relevant ecosystems
  • Change models
  • Does practice theory go beyond O&D understandings?
  • Evaluating practices
  • Using a new eye to understand challenges and possibilities for learning, innovation and change
  • Synthesising key concepts
  • Learners’ reflexive stance

Learning Outcome

  • Critique organisational develop theories
  • Examine what organisational theories imply for learning, change and innovation
  • Evaluate different change models
  • Analyse the role of their organisation within its ecosystem
  • Collect a range of practices that support learning, innovation and change
  • Construct their own stance on change that supports learning and innovation in organisations
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