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Sloan School of Management

Implementing Enterprise-Wide Transformation

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Jul 11—12
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 4100
USD 2050 per day
Oct 3—4
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 4100
USD 2050 per day


Why has implementing enterprise-wide transformation proven to be troubling? When challenges persist it is often because there are embedded tensions or paradoxes that surface that seem unresolvable. This research-driven and practitioner-led program is designed to help senior executives avert failure, create cultures of agility and resiliency, and develop a customized blueprint for large-scale transformation in their organization.

We know through research and practice that two thirds of enterprise-wide transformation efforts fail to meet their intended objectives. Why? In today’s world, disruption can emerge from any place, any time and in ways unexpected. Leaders often ignore or miss the early warning signals, due to a variety of factors, including cultural inertia, lack of disciplined scanning and decision making processes, and siloed behavior that tends to discount troubling signs that impact other parts of the organization. When unit leaders turn inward to protect their entities, organizational agility becomes that much harder to achieve. But effective leaders and their teams can beat the odds that their organizations’ transformation efforts will fail. How? They set proactive agendas that create an inspiring future for employees. They build trust-based cultures of openness and transparency, combined with the discipline to spot and solve significant problems collectively as a team. They align the “messaging” of their agendas with the metrics, milestones, and rewards that provide a clear line-of-sight for employees to understand how they can contribute and what behaviors are valued in their organizations. During this two-day program, you will learn to spot potential derailers that prevent successful transformations; more importantly, you’ll learn how to become a successful transformation leader in your organization. Research based and practitioner led, the program environment is designed to help executives create a blueprint for their organization’s near- and longer-term transformation. Guest speakers will help to further demonstrate important conceptual examples, and significant time will be designated for peer collaboration and plan development.


This program is intended to help you:

  • Spot the warning signals of organizations in need of transformation
  • Create a proactive transformation agenda
  • Build a collective leadership capability to drive organizational transformation together
  • Create the disciplined processes to spot and address mission-critical capability gaps
  • Build the vital organizational networks needed to solve complex transformation challenges
  • Align messaging with metrics, milestones, and rewards
  • Create agile organizations by developing resilient leaders and employees
  • Develop a blueprint for transformation for your organization



  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM A Framework for Effective Enterprise Wide Transformations; Lessons from the Field: 30 Years of Transformation
  • 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM When Culture Change is at the Heart of Your Transformation Journey
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Mobilizing Your Organization
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Reflection & Dialogue
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Networking Reception


  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM The Role of Networks in Implementing Enterprise Wide Transformation
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM MIT Sloan Executive Certificate distribution
  • 1:40 PM - 3:10 PM Implementing Transformations – Whose job is it anyway? The Board, The CEO, The Top Leadership Team, HR’s Role, Line Champions
  • 3:25 PM - 4:30 PM Developing Your Next Generation of Transformation Leaders
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Summary Reflection and Action Planning
  • 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM Adjourn

Who should attend

This program is designed for senior executives who are currently engaged in or want to better understand enterprise-wide transformation. Ideal participants include:

  • C-suite executives responsible for enterprise-wide transformation
  • Senior HR and communication leaders
  • Line leaders


Roberto M. Fernandez is an organizational sociologist who currently serves as the head of MIT Sloan’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences area, and as co-director of its Ph.D. program in Economic Sociology. His executive teaching duties include the management of innovation, change, and human resources...
Doug Ready is Senior Lecturer in Organization Effectiveness at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research into aligning purpose, performance, and principles has led to the popular concept of implementing a company's Collective Ambition. Dr. Ready's research and writing also focuses on strat...


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