Leading Organizational Change

The Wharton School

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  • 4 days
  • online

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Who should attend

Leading Organizational Change is targeted to upper-middle to senior managers who are preparing for — or already engaged in — change initiatives.

Participants must be fluent in English. Specifically, they should be comfortable with metaphoric speech.

About the course

In today’s turbulent business environment, change is a constant. You could argue, in fact, that change is your real job. And when it's part of your daily routine, you need to be prepared with multiple approaches.

Leading Organizational Change is an executive leadership program led by world-renowned experts who have been at the forefront of major organizational change for decades. You will learn that real change management requires more than just changing behavior — it is dependent upon the critical process of changing the work environment to foster this behavior.

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Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Leading Organizational Change, you will gain:

  • Learn a proven, repeatable method for increasing your success in leading change initiatives
  • Discover and begin applying actionable steps for driving behavioral change throughout your organization
  • Move beyond a survival mindset, discovering techniques for engaging your workforce in envisioning and establishing positive change
  • Identify and secure the desirable changes brought about by the pandemic
  • Develop greater resilience in yourself and others
  • Acquire strategies and tactics for overcoming resistance

Experience & Impact

Leading Organizational Change Change uses an active-learning approach that blends lectures, small group work, and simulations to show you how to identify and develop essential felt need and determine a course to drive behavioral change.

The curriculum is based on a proven, comprehensive change model detailed in the newly revised Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work. The authors work with participants to develop a deep understanding of the factors and conditions needed to drive successful change initiatives, including tactics for building and leveraging stakeholder coalitions, inspiring others, and dealing with resistance.

You will return to your organization with:

  • A roadmap to guide any change initiative
  • Enhanced clarity about your role in achieving successful change
  • Strategies for recognizing and overcoming the common barriers to change
  • New insights on when — and when not to — pursue a given change

Session topics for Leading Organizational Change include:

  • Targeting Change
  • Leading with Resilience
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Leading Change Simulation
  • Implementing Successful Change
  • Change Processes

Global Technology Simulation

During Leading Organizational Change, participants will team up and assume organizational roles within a fictitious company. They will develop a plan for a change initiative and its implementation, and then practice working through this during the simulation exercise.


Gregory Shea

An awardwinning teacher, consultant and author of numerous books on leadership and change, Greg’s expertise covers organizational and individual change, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. For over 30 years, he has consulted extensively with senior organizational leaders of companies fa...

Nancy Rothbard

Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is the David Pottruck Professor of Management and Chair, Management Department, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining the f...

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