Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Leading Organizational Change, you will gain:

  • Valuable insights that will broaden your understanding of and alter your perspective on change
  • Specific applications, frameworks, and techniques that will help you drive behavioral change throughout your organization
  • Targeted change initiatives and challenge-specific strategies for use in your current workplace scenarios

Experience & Impact

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

Leading Organizational Change uses an active-learning approach to blend interactive lectures with simulations, to show you how to identify and develop true need and determine what is necessary to drive behavioral change.

The curriculum integrates the importance of stakeholder coalitions with organizational cultural components and culminates in a simulation exercise that enables you to apply your newly acquired perspectives and techniques to a particular challenge.

You will return to your organization with:

  • A point of view on your role within any change initiative
  • A clear understanding of the complexities involved in the ongoing process of change
  • New insight on when to attempt change and the organizational capabilities required to drive a change initiative within your workplace

Session topics for Leading Organizational Change include:

  • Targeting Change
  • Leading Change
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Organizational Culture

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.

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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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Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Meals and accommodations are included in the program fees. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.

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

May 18 – 21, 2021Philadelphia, PA$9,375

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