Level 8 Certified in Managing Strategic Change

Level 8 is equivalent to Doctoral's Level

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of theories and models of change management and how they apply to contemporary  organisations in the globalised world. Learners will understand the personal characteristics of change agents as well as the evaluation and  development of leadership skills to meet current and future strategic change management roles. 

Level 8 is equivalent to Doctoral’s level and could transfer 20 credits and full tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Be able to evaluate how  organisational change occurs and  how context influences change.

1.1 Critically evaluate change theories and analyse the relationship between leadership and change agents.

1.2 Critically evaluate how organisational structure  and leadership influences the characteristics and attributes of change agents.

1.3 Critically evaluate the challenge of change and  the effectiveness of change agents.

2. Be able to develop and implement a strategic organisational change.

2.1 Assess and select relevant theories and tools and techniques to implement and manage change.

2.2 Develop a plan to implement a change in an organisation.

2.3 Develop measures to monitor and evaluate progress of the change plan.

3. Be able to analyse stakeholder responses to organisational change.

3.1 Assess possible risks associated with an organisation’s change process. 

3.2 Apply a stakeholder analysis to understand possible resistance to change.

3.3 Critically appraise relevant strategies to manage resistance to change in organisations.

4. Be able to evaluate the role of organisational culture in change  management.

4.1 Critically review the different organisational  cultures and how that influences communications and power relations.

4.2 Evaluate cultures influence on Strategy and change management.

4.3 Critically appraise relevant strategies to manage resistance to change.

5. Be able to develop a toolbox to manage oneself when involved in complex change projects, whether in a leading, participating, or consulting role.

5.1 Evaluate the role of the individual in the change  management process.

5.2 Apply change management in an organisational  setting.

5.3 Evaluate how to monitor the effect of the change  management processes.

Characteristics of effective change leaders and agents

  • Attitudes, values and behaviour of change agents’ e.g. courageous leadership, recognise growth opportunities; demonstrates flexibility and resilience; explores alternative perspectives


  • This includes reflecting on own attitudes, values and behaviour and identifying areas of change required to be an effective change agent.

Practical application

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a change agent’s knowledge skills and competencies and action plan and developing relevant skills and competencies.

Change theories and strategic management models

Different approaches to organisational change

  • This include in depth understanding of principles of change, organisational change processes and the different approaches possible
  • Causes of change: Explain external and internal triggers of change and innovation: changes in markets, economic downturns, legislation, demographics, mergers and acquisitions, re-engineering, TQM, organisational constraints e.g. human and financial resources etc. Appraise these triggers of change and innovation 
  • Change models: 7-S seven step model, Lewin’s three step change models, Kotter, Kuber-Ross, ADKAR etc.

Tools and techniques for organisational change management

  • Pay off matrix, threat/ opportunity matrix, stakeholder analysis/ influence, backwards imaging, attitude charting,  risk management, teambuilding etc.

Stakeholder analysis

  • Power/Interest Matrix, Transformations of Freeman’s model and the evaluation of Fassin’s model

Influences on change:

  • Impact of external factors such as globalisation, mergers and acquisitions, exchange rate changes etc. on  organisations. Internal factors such as culture,  attitude, resources, etc. also should be considered. 

Measuring progress

  • Goal and process-based evaluation, outcome-based evaluation, quality  circles, milestones, benchmarks etc.

Cultural models and organisation change

  • Managing major changes: appreciating the change architecture and the strategies for change
  • Principles of change: Understand the basic principles of organisational change such as systematic change for the humans, start at the top, involve all the levels, effective communication, create clear responsibilities, consider cultural aspects, prepare for the contingencies, individual focus, etc. 
  • Diagnosing change, managing major strategic change for organisational effectiveness and learning from change  
  • Strategic convergence: a new model for organisationsal change

Practical application

  • Identify and appraise real life examples of the organisational change process 

Indicative Reading list 

Key Reading: 

  • Carnall C. & By, R .T. (2014). Managing Change in Organisations, ( 6th ed) Harlow, Pearson 

Other indicative reading: 

  • Whittington, R., Regner, P., Angwin, D., Johnson, G., & Scholes, K. (2020) Exploring Strategy: Texts and Cases. (12th ed.) Harlow, Pearson. • Gill R (2011). Theory and Practice of Leadership, 2nd ed. Sage Publications 
  • Mullins, L. J. (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour, (latest edition) FT Prentice Hall 
  • Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability. 2nd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Gold, J., Thorpe, R., and Mumford, A. (2010) Leadership and Management Development. CIPD
  • Burnes, B. (2004) Managing Change: A Strategic Approach to Organisational Dynamics. ISBN-13: 978-0273683360


  • Strategic Change; 
  • Strategy and Leadership; 
  • The Journal of Organisational Transformation & Change 
  • The Sloan Management Review 
  • Harvard Business Review 
  • Journal of Organisational Change Management 
  • International Journal of Strategic Change Management 
  • Journal of Leadership Studies 
  • International Journal of Corporate Strategy and Social Responsibility; 


  • www.managers.org.uk (Chartered Management Institute)

Entry requirements

To enroll The Level 8 Certified, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Master’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 7 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a degree from non-global accredited universities; The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of the London Academy of Sciences.
  • Learners must be over 24 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris  reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure that they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, Paris-U shall not be accepted.

English requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Level 8 Certified, students receive all certified documents from Univertisé Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Accreditation & Recognition certified from Paris-U.

Because the program is accredited and recognized, students can easily use certified in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, in case if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Level 8 Certified means:

Paris-U Level 8 certification is the certified at the doctoral level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 8 certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of UK
  • Level 11 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 8 certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 8 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 10 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 8 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 10 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Level 8 Certified program when participating in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or phD of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the DBA/PhD program, students who have graduated Level 8 Certified will receive a discount equivalent to short courses tuition fee. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.


As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge past experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labor market.


Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will leads to only MAHRM degree of Paris-U, not dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U and its partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will not accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are not accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program of Paris-U so that you could study Level 7 certified but could not move to the Master’s program of Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates need to ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is a mandatory requirement when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You could download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will contact you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You wil proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and subject to change without notice. In some case, Paris-U offer variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 8 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libéral de Paris

Université Libéral de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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