Organizational change

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Module 1 – SLP

Models of Organizational Change and Transformation: McKinsey 7S Model


In the SLPs for this course, you will apply organizational change theories and diagnostic assessment tools to a real organization with which you are familiar. This builds your skills at applying knowledge from one context to another.

Please pick a company or organization that you have access to and substantial familiarity with – preferably the one at which you currently work or have worked in the near past. You will be using the same organization change process with each SLP that you used for the Case Assignment.

You will be analyzing this change process and developing your thoughts about it based on the background material. The larger, more systemic the change, the better. However, substantive change within a unit, function, or division can also work. Substantive change may include things like:

A new CEO or other senior manager

Changes in technical systems, e.g., implementation of an ERP system, new learning management systems, etc.

Restructuring (changing the org chart)

Mergers and acquisitions

Changes in size, e.g., rapid growth or downsizing

Changes in market focus

Changes in strategy or mission

Changes in major processes or procedures (e.g., Implementation of ISO9000 or other quality control processes)

Business process re-engineering or business process improvement


Required Reading

Refer to the required and optional readings for this module, and any other readings which will help you in implementing organizational change.


Write a 3- to 4-page paper in which you analyze an organization of your choice using the McKinsey 7S Framework.

Keys to the Assignment

The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include:

Analyze the subject company / organization using the McKinsey 7S model framework.

Thoroughly examine each of the seven key areas of the model.

Identify in which box each piece of data relates, and justify why.

How well does the model work in this situation?

What did you learn from applying the model to your subject organization that you didn’t know before?

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the following five (5) criteria:

Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?

Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?

Business Writing (Clarity and Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?

Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and quality (library?) sources? Do additional sources used in paper provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?

Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing, by inclusion of proper end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?

Tips and Suggestions

Please note the following tips or suggestions:

You may use a simple diagram (such as a Fishbone diagram (Force Field Analysis) or a process visual) to highlight important factors. However, do not use the diagram in lieu of valuable analysis (or to take up valuable writing space) – it should be in addition to your paper of 3-4 pages of analysis.

Just because you have written the minimum number of pages does not mean that you have adequately covered the topic. Err on the side of more writing rather than less.

Do not use every piece of data in the case.

Include a cover page and reference page, in addition to the 3-4 pages of analysis described above.

Include headings for all papers greater than 2 pages (basically all papers), but do not use headings as “space fillers.”

Cite AND reference all sources that you use in your work, including those that you do not quote but paraphrase. This means include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words, and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or paraphrased from other sources.

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