Leading Strategic Change

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UNIT CMI 705
Assessment Brief: Leading Strategic Change

» KKEY INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS

Overview of assessment tasks
Each task in this assessment brief has been developed to enable you to evidence achievement of the learning
outcomes and assessment criteria for
CMI 705: Leading Strategic Change. Each of the assessment criteria must
gain a pass outcome for you to successfully achieve the unit.
Preparation for the assessment
Before you begin the assessment brief please read the CMI 705 unit specifications thoroughly as only the
content related to the achievement of the assessment criteria will be assessed.
Research the topics being assessed. Suggested reading/web resources are provided on the CMI 705 unit
specification. Your tutor may signpost you to relevant resources. Additionally, you may access excellent online
resources at ManagementDirect
https://members.md.cmi.org.uk/.
If you are enrolled on the Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme you are encouraged to review the Senior
Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard.
Completing the assessment brief
The assessment brief contains a series of tasks which are clearly referenced to the relevant assessment criteria
and indicative content.
Refer to the Assessment Guidance Table at the end of the assessment brief which outlines the requirements for
a Pass or Refer.
Evidence must be provided in the evidence booklet. Additional work-based evidence such as plans or
documentation (which has been referred to within the main text) should be included at the end of the booklet
marked ‘Work Based Evidence’. Appendices are not a requirement of this assessment brief. If appendices are
included these will not be marked or moderated by the CMI.
Work based evidence must be accompanied by a supporting statement in the learner evidence box, to explain
the link to the assessment criteria. Work based evidence (where required by the task) must not exceed SIX (6)
pages. Files embedded in the booklet must not exceed 10MB.
The evidence booklet must be completed in a professional manner (e.g. applying business conventions for
writing formal reports) and by using Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format or another compatible software
programme.
An appropriate referencing system (such as Harvard Referencing) must be used to ensure the original source(s)
of quotations or models can be verified.
Finally, you must sign the Learner Authenticity statement (an electronic signature is accepted).
Learner support
For information regarding policies and procedures for assessment (e.g. special assessment arrangements, learner
support, appeals, complaints, certification, confidentiality, plagiarism) you should contact your tutor or Centre
manager and refer to the CMI Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.

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» INTRODUCING ASSESSMENT BRIEF CMI 705

For organisations to remain competitive, reactive to the needs and expectations of stakeholders and respond
effectively to changing national and international markets, leaders must be able to navigate the organisations they
lead effectively through strategic change.
Assessment brief
CMI 705 has been designed to enable leaders to evidence their understanding of the scope,
context and complexity of leading strategic change. They will evidence their understanding of the application of
analytical techniques and creative problem-solving for change, and apply theories and models for leading change.
The unit culminates in the requirement for leaders to develop a proposal to lead a strategic change.

» ASSESSMENT TASKS AND WORD COUNT

Assessment brief CMI 705 features the following assessment tasks. Further detail is provided against each
assessment task within the brief.

Assessment Task Learning outcomes
covered by
assessment
method
Assessment criteria Guideline
word count
1 Written report entitled:
‘The scope and context of
strategic change.’
LO1 Understand the
scope and context of
strategic change
1.1 Discuss the scope, context and
drivers for organisational change
Approx.
2500 words
1.2 Critically appraise the complexities
of leading strategic change
1.3 Critically evaluate theories and
models for leading and managing
strategic change
2 Proposal entitled:
‘Leading strategic
change.’
LO2 Know how to
propose a strategy
for leading strategic
change
2.1 Develop a proposal for leading
strategic change
Approx.
2000 words
2.2 Reflect on how approaches to
leadership can be applied to deliver
the strategy for change

Guideline word count
The written word, however generated and recorded, is still expected to form the majority of assessable work
produced by Learners at Level 7. The amount and volume of work for this unit should be broadly comparable to a
word count of
4000 – 4500 words within a margin of +/-10%. The excessive use of word count is not grounds for
referral, however the CMI reserve the right to return work to the Centre for editing and resubmission by the Learner.
The following are excluded from inclusion in word count, if used and not required by the assessment brief an
introduction to a job role, organisation or department, index or contents pages, headings and sub headings,
diagrams, charts and graphs, reference list or bibliography, reflective statement drawn from undertaking the
assessment and how this has impacted on the learner’s work.
Please see the CMI Assessment Guidance Policy for further guidance.

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» THE SCOPE AND CONTEXT OF STRATEGIC CHANGE

Strategic change is essential if an organisation is to remain competitive, react to the needs and expectations of
stakeholders and respond to changing national and international markets.
The aim of Task 1 is to enable leaders to evidence their understanding of the scope, context and drivers for
organisational change. They will appraise the complexity of leading strategic change and how the application of
theories and models can guide their approach to its management.

» TASK 1

You are required to write a report entitled:
‘The scope and context of strategic change.’
The report must include well-chosen examples and reference to theory. It must be presented in THREE (3) sections:
i. The scope, context and drivers for organisational change
You are required to discuss the scope, context and drivers for organisational change (AC1.1)
ii. The complexities of leading strategic change
You are required to critically appraise a minimum of THREE (3) complexities of leading strategic change (AC1.2)
iii. Theories and models for leading and managing strategic change
You are required to critically evaluate a minimum of THREE (3) theories and models for leading and managing
strategic change (AC1.3)

Guidance for completion of Task 1
The report must include well-chosen examples of change within an organisational context.
The report should include subheadings. You may choose to include tables and diagrams (as appropriate) to
support your report.
The report must be underpinned with relevant theoretical concepts.
Please refer to the indicative content for each of the assessment criteria (AC) outlined in the unit specification.

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» THE PROPOSING A STARTEGY FOR LEADING STRATEGIC CHANGE

Leaders must be able to navigate an organisation through strategic change.
The aim of Task 2 is for leaders to propose a strategy for leading strategic change. They will reflect on how
approaches to leadership can be applied to successfully deliver the strategy.

» TASK 2

For a strategic change of your own choosing, you are required to develop a proposal entitled:
‘Leading strategic change.’
The proposal must be presented in TWO (2) sections:

i. Proposal for leading strategic change (AC2.1)
You are required to develop a proposal for leading strategic change which will include:

An outline of the proposed strategic change
Aims and objectives of strategic change
Alignment of strategic change to the strategic goals of the organisation
Tools and techniques to deliver strategic change
Potential impact and consequences of strategic change
Communication strategy to support and disseminate strategic change
ii. Leadership approaches to deliver the strategic change (AC2.2)
You are required to reflect on how approaches to leadership can be applied to deliver the strategy for change.

Guidance for completion of Task 2
The proposal must be based on a strategic change or a scenario of strategic change within an organisation you
know well or have researched.
The proposal must be underpinned with relevant theoretical concepts.
The proposal may be presented in a format of your choice.
The proposal must include well-chosen examples from your own professional practice.
The proposal should include subheadings. You may choose to include tables and diagrams (as appropriate) to
support your proposal.
Refer to the indicative content for each of the assessment criteria (AC) outlined in the unit specification.

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» ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE

 

Refer Pass
The submission is incomplete
Tasks are incomplete
Not all assessment criteria have been met
No examples are used or the examples given do
not match the requirements of the assessment
criteria
Evidence is
Unclear
Technically incorrect or inaccurate
Biased
Unprofessional language
Poorly structured and presented
Ideas are under-developed
Lacks sufficient detail to show understanding of
the topic
The application of different perspectives,
approaches or schools of thought is unclear or
inappropriate
Little or no evaluation of evidence has taken
place
The ability to make judgments and solve
complex problems has not been evidenced
Evidence is not directly attributable to the learner
External sources of information are not
acknowledged
Work based evidence or artefacts (e.g. planning
documents or presentation slides) do not meet
the requirements of the assessment criteria and
are not current (within 5 years)
All tasks have been completed
All assessment criteria have been met
Examples given are well chosen and match the
requirements of the assessment criteria
Evidence is
Well written and presented
Contains a breadth of examples
Accurate
Current (e.g. use of up to date legislation)
Authentic
Inclusive
Coherent
Credible
Technically correct
Evidence shows understanding and application
of different perspectives, approaches or schools
of thought and the reasoning behind them.
Evidence shows the learners ability to evaluate
evidence and solve problems to achieve set
outcomes.
Evidence used from external sources has been
correctly referenced
Evidence is directly attributable to the learner
Work based evidence or artefacts (e.g. planning
documents or presentation slides) match the
requirements of the assessment criteria and are
current (within 5 years)