Project #7132 - Burke-Litwin Model


In this Case Assignment we will analyze an organization change consulting project conducted by the Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, which occurred at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) location in Mexico using the Burke-Litwin Model for organizational change.  Through using this model, you will come to appreciate its ability to home in on all the key areas required to conduct organizational change, including transformational and transactional factors.

Required Reading

Begin by reading pdf file pages 11-27 (or pages 1-17 if you are looking at the numbers printed on the bottom of each page of text) of the following case study:

Merrill-Sands, D.; Fletcher, J. K.; Acosta, A. S.; Andrews, N.; & Harvey, N. (1999, June). Engendering Organizational Change: A Case Study of Strengthening Gender Equity and Organizational Effectiveness in an International Agricultural Research Institute. Retrieved from:


Drawing on the material in the required and background reading, prepare a 4- to 5-page paper (not including cover and reference pages) in which you:

Analyze the CGIAR Gender Equity and Organizational Effectiveness Case Study Using the Burke-Litwin Model.

Keys to the Assignment

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

  • Apply the Burke-Litwin Model to analyze the case study.
  • Thoroughly examine the 12 key areas of the model.
  • Examine and identify the transformational factors important to the change effort. Why are they important?
  • Examine and identify the transactional factors important to the change effort. Why are they important?
  • Identify which box in the Burke-Litwin model each piece of data that you find in the case study relates to.

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated on the following seven points:

  • Precision - Does the paper address the question(s) or task(s)? 
  • Breadth - Is the full breadth of the subject (i.e., the Keys to the Assignment) addressed?  
  • Depth - Does the paper address the topic in sufficient depth and include the background reading and other background resources as references? 
  • Critical thinking - Is the subject thought about critically (i.e., accurately, logically, relevantly, and precisely)?
  • Clarity - Is the writing clear and are the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the questions or are points conveyed through excessive use of quotations? 
  • Organization - Is the paper well written?  Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work?  Are headings included in all papers longer than two pages? 
  • Referencing (citations and references) - Does the paper include citations and quotation marks where appropriate?  Are the references from the background reading and assignment present and properly cited?  Are all the references listed in the bibliography present and referred to via citation? 


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Due By (Pacific Time) 06/01/2013 03:17 pm
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