Leading Transformational Change

Carlson School of Management

Carlson School of Management


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Who should attend

  • Leaders involved with developing or implementing change initiatives, in any functional area
  • Leaders with P&L or significant project/functional responsibility
  • C-suite

About the course

Prepare yourself to lead through organizational change. Learn the elements of a clear and compelling organizational vision and how this drives major change initiatives. Model change behaviors and learn to develop a culture of teamwork and collaboration that supports transformation.

Staying competitive in an ever-changing business environment requires a sophisticated understanding of organizational change management. You not only have to appropriately respond to changing markets, but lead others through the transition as well. Leaders who excel in this role draw on their expertise in multiple business and leadership areas.

In Leading Transformational Change, you will learn the skills and competencies to help you recognize moments where change is necessary and then lead successfully through transition. Through case studies, application of tools and templates, as well as discussions on insight and best practices, you will:

  • Learn fundamental elements of strategic management and how a firm’s strategy and strategic changes can enable organizational change
  • Acquire tools and techniques for effectively leading and motivating organizational change
  • Understand why transformation initiatives often face resistance and address the root causes
  • Learn how to design and reshape organizational structures and systems to support organizational change and transformation

Key Benefits

  • Identify organizational change readiness
  • Successfully plan, execute, and sustain significant change initiatives
  • Avoid common change-related pitfalls and missteps
  • Cultivate an organization that embraces change
  • Establish leadership credibility in times of transition


Mary Benner

Education PhD 2002 Management Columbia University MBA 1989 Stanford University BS 1982 Economics University of Minnesota Expertise Organizational learning and innovation Management of technology and innovation Influence of institutional pressures on firm innovation Mary Benner is a Profes...

Mary Zellmer Bruhn

Education BBA 1987 Marketing Univ. of Wisconsin MS 1993 Management Univ. of Wisconsin PhD 1999 Organizational Behavior Univ. of Wisconsin Expertise Team composition and performance The effects of context on team learning & performance Time related effects in organizational behavior &amp...

Nathan Kuncel

Nathan R. Kuncel is the Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Professor Kuncel, a nationally recognized leader in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, received his Ph.D....

Jeffrey Kaufmann

Education Ph.D. 2000 Management [Strategy] University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill J.D. 1990 College of William and Mary B.B.A. 1987 Management James Madison University Expertise Strategy Implementation Managing Change Strategic Thinking Managing the Ethical Environment Law and Manag...

Louellen Essex

Louellen Essex is an Educator in the Carlson Executive Educator’s Network at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from the Universi...

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