Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Leading Organizational Change, you will:

  • 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

Academic Director Gregory P. Shea on some of the program’s key takeaways

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

Wharton LIVE Programming

Real-time, synchronous peer learning

The live, virtual version of Leading Organizational Change will be delivered online daily for four days. It will be taught by the same Wharton faculty who teach in our on-campus leadership programs. Leading Organizational Change offers, and requires, a high level of engagement. Participants will have direct access to Wharton faculty throughout the program and have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one time during virtual office hours. They will engage in dynamic, small-group work that helps reinforce the learning and enable networking among the peer community. This virtual program is a fully immersive and structured learning experience that culminates with a new set of knowledge and tools that can be put to immediate use.

Program Duration:

Apr. 6 – 9, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday to Friday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST Tuesday to Friday

Session topics for Leading Organizational Change include:

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

Leading Change Simulation

Although the ability to lead and manage change is critical to organizational success and survival, most changes fall short of achieving their intended results. It is not surprising, then, that change continues to frustrate leaders. This exercise is organized around an experiential change management simulation that has been used with Fortune 500 executives, U.S. military generals, and Wharton MBA students. The simulation provides the opportunity to test your intuitions, identify strengths, discover vulnerabilities, and master a framework for leading change more effectively. The session concludes with action planning about how to apply the lessons learned to a change that you will be leading or managing in the near future.

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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.

Participant Profile

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Participants by Region

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Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Greg Shea

Gregory Shea, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Adjunct Professor of Management; Senior Fellow, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Leadership, leadership of change, organizational innovation

Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development

Date, Location, & Fees

April 6 – 9, 2021LIVE Virtual$4,90010:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday to Friday

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