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Sloan School of Management

Leading Change in Complex Organizations

★★★★★4.5 • 6 reviews
Organizational Change: Three Perspectives from John Van Maanen
May 11—15, 2020
5 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 9500
USD 1900 per day

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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...
Jeanne W. Ross directs and conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's more than eighty global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. Her work has appeared ...
John Van Maanen is the Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He works within the fields of organization behavior and theory. Van Maanen            is an ethnographer of organizations ranging in type from police orga...
Sheila Dodge is the Senior Director of Operations and Development for the Genomics Platform at the Broad Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She directs a team of more than150 scientists, engineers and laboratory technicians who develop and run DNA sequencing production processes. She oversees da...
Dr. Elsbeth Johnson is an expert in leadership, strategy and change. Having previously worked in investment banking, in business and in government, she now splits her time between academia and consulting. She teaches Organisational Behaviour on the Sloan and EMBA Programmes at LBS; Strategy and ...

Course reviews

John B, Manager from Colombia 2015
Course quality: excellent
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Primary takeaway: A powerfull point of view to approach company challenges around change managent
Things to improve: The course had a good design, very connected each concept
Course participant from Greater Boston Area
Course quality: very good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Please note that the instructors are wonderful-- the content they used when I took the class was somewhat outdated. I know our cohort played an instrumental role in providing feedback needed for them to update certain aspects of the course. My guess is it's much improved and more relevant at this point.
Primary takeaway: Change is hard because people are complicated. (Seriously-- it sounds very obvious, but it was fascinating to explore the ways in which this is true and how successful change initiatives are different from those that fail.)
Things to improve: Course materials-- readings, cases, etc. (As I mentioned earlier, I believe this has all changed and been updated since I took the course.)
Samuel G, Course Participant from Brazil 2015
Course quality: excellent
Instructors: very good
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Operations Executive from Canada Area 2016
Course quality: good
Instructors: good
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: See and evaluate different views and approaches to similar problems
Things to improve: Extend length of the course, have a 'learn and dinner' each night to continue open discussions
IT Professional from Brazil 2018
Course quality: good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Industry:financial services
Steve B, General Management Professional from Sweden 2014
Course quality: excellent
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): good
Some might been a bit old
Industry:professional services