Change is vital to organizational growth and survival, but it is difficult to do well. While change initiatives take many forms, they share one thing in common: a dismal record of success. For example, researchers estimate that only about 20 to 50 percent of major corporate reengineering projects at Fortune 1000 companies have been successful. Mergers and acquisitions fail between 40 to 80 percent of the time, and the primary reason is "people issues." Only an estimated 10 to 30 percent of companies successfully implement their strategic plans. How can you improve the odds for your own change initiatives?
Leading Organizational Change is a hands-on course that offers valuable insights from research and practice to enrich your leadership of specific change initiatives. The program offers frameworks, models, and perspectives on leading change that you can apply immediately. You'll examine the factors that trip up promising organizational transformations and the strategies that can make them more successful. You'll gain a better grasp of the individual, interpersonal, group, and system design issues involved in making you a more effective change agent in your organization.
Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Program Consultants are available to provide more information on course specifics and discuss how this program might meet your needs. Please contact them by e-mail or by telephone at +1 215.898.1776. Plan your stay.
The practical focus and interactive format of the program will enable you to learn and apply a variety of perspectives on creating change. We encourage each participant to come to the program with a specific challenge or project to assist in focusing learning and back-home application. Enrollment is limited to allow for an environment conducive to interaction.
Session Topics for the Leading Organizational Change Program
- The change process
- The role of leadership in change
- Culture and congruence
- Stakeholder analysis and mapping
- Personality and change
- Work systems model and driving change
- Change implementation
- Overcoming resistance and obstacles to change
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Upper-middle to senior managers who are engaged in change initiatives, or are preparing for them, will gain frameworks and techniques to help make the change process more effective.
Participants must be fluent in English. Specifically, they should be comfortable with metaphoric speech. If this presents a problem, the University of Pennsylvania offers one- and two-week intensive English Language Programs (ELPs) to prepare you for a productive week at Wharton.
Participants who lead change design and/or implementation will advance their understanding of the dynamics and challenges involved in change, as well as specific approaches to leading themselves, others, and their organizations through the change process. Participants who bring specific challenges or projects to the program will find direct applications of program content. Faculty use a mix of workshops, experiential simulations, team sessions, interactive lectures, and cases. Enrollment is limited to allow for an environment conducive to interaction. You will:
- Gain key frameworks, approaches, and knowledge for improving the change process based on current research and best practice.
- Develop knowledge of the strategic, organizational, and personal challenges of successful change.
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Prof. Grant has received numerous awards for his research, which has been featured in bestselling books such as Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. His research has also been featured in outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, CNN, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Freakonomics.
Prof. Grant received his PhD and MS from the University of Michigan in organizational psychology and his BA from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors in psychology and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Faculty Associate, Center for Leadership and Change Management
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Dr. Barsade has consulted to many large corporations such as Del Monte, GlaxoSmithKline, Levi Strauss, Merrill Lynch, the NBA, Oxford Health Plans, State Farm Insurance, and Wyndham Worldwide, public and not for profit corporations such as Philadelphia Gas Works, as well as to small entrepreneurial organizations. The focus of her consulting practice and research has been on organizational culture, emotional intelligence, organizational change, teamwork, leadership and top management, and group dynamics.
These quotes are from a previous version of the Leading Organizational Change program, before its redesign, which was directed by Greg Shea.
"A thought-provoking program for those serious about change and how to affect it."
— Global Project Manager, International Bank
"I wholeheartedly recommend this program for anyone charged with the responsibility to navigate the company through a period of change -- the more contemporary the change the richer the experience."
— Vice President, Electrical Utility
"The program offered us an opportunity to create profound change in ourselves, our organizations, and in our environments. I expect the seeds planted here will produce fruit in the years to come.”
— Associate Professor, International University