Driving Organizational Change

Building business and human resiliency

In today's complex global business environment, it's no longer enough to merely respond to change. Successful leaders must be strategic about driving change, and that requires them to serve as catalysts in helping a dynamic business system evolve toward a new level of excellence. It means mastering a holistic approach to ongoing change, which is key to building an agile business environment and promoting human resiliency.

In this innovative program, you'll engage in project-focused learning using your own challenges as a platform for putting the latest theories and tools into practice. You'll leave equipped and inspired to empower your business to become more agile, the people involved more resilient and the entire enterprise better prepared to succeed in the face of relentless change. We encourage organizations to send teams to this program. Together, members will have the opportunity to create a plan, get feedback from faculty and other leaders with a fresh perspective and become "change champions" on your return to the office.

Become a change leader

Who Should Attend

  • Senior-level executive leaders who want to create value through reframing and driving organizational change
  • Cross-functional executive teams who are tasked with reframing and driving organizational change

Key Benefits

  • Gain insight into why driving change is essential to success
  • Develop an action plan for your own real-life change challenge
  • Differentiate between a leading change model and traditional “change management” approaches
  • Examine the dynamics of multiple factors of change including organizational culture, economics, human behavior, and information systems
  • Understand the roles of various stakeholders involved in and impacted by change
  • Realize the value of building human resiliency

Program Content

Change as Intrapreneurship: A Proactive Leadership Model

  • Explore the perspective of change as innovation and intrapreneurship
  • Apply this proactive model to your individual situations and to a variety of conditions that catalyze change
  • Develop strategies, tactics and tools for building resiliency with the Change Leader Toolkit

Leading Teams that Build Resiliency

  • Examine the "personalities of change" within teams and how to best leverage them
  • Learn to build cohesion and trust in times of uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Acquire tools for implementing and responding to organizational change

Leveraging Competitive Advantage

  • Explore how an organization in the midst of change can identify its unique resources and capabilities
  • Learn how to use them to implement new initiatives

Leading Contagious Change

  • Examine the complex dynamics of leading change and what it means to be a "change agent"
  • Learn how to leverage your social network to create lasting change

Communicating Through Change

  • Understand the importance and mechanisms of communicating through change
  • Develop a plan for formal and informal communication strategies through the different stages of change
  • Learn how to engage various strategic stakeholders in your communications plan

Special Feature:

The "Dolphin Tank" offers participants an opportunity to perfect and present their change process plans while receiving supportive feedback from a faculty panel of experts.


Jean Egmon - Academic Director; Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Shana Carroll - Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communications; Faculty Director, Management Communications Program

Michael Mazzeo - Senior Associate Dean of Curriculum and Teaching; Associate Professor of Strategy

Paul Pasin - Former Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner, Radio Flyer Company

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Leigh Thompson - J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations; Professor of Management & Organizations; Director of Kellogg Team and Group Research Center; Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy)

What Participants Say

"This experience widened my perspective as an internal and external change agent. New concepts were introduced with practical, actionable application. Familiar concepts were presented with a new perspective that inspired deeper thought. Equally important, the diverse experiences shared by my fellow participants highlighted the wealth and breadth of knowledge that exists in this type of global learning environment. I can’t speak highly enough about this experience."
Assistant Director/Organizational Consultant, SamaraCare Consulting

"Driving Organizational Change departs from traditional change management models to focus on change leadership with an emphasis on the human aspects of change. The program is a potent mix of concepts/frameworks and opportunities to put those ideas into practice. The diversity of participants (range of sectors, industries, geographies and professions) made for a particularly rich learning experience."
Director, Human Resources, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

"When I signed up for [this program], I was seeking the latest tools and ideas for facilitating organizational changes within my company, as well as an opportunity to test drive the tools before returning to my workplace. My expectations were exceeded! The [faculty] covered a wide spectrum of implementing change within an organization and provided lots of hands-on learning opportunities. In working closely with fellow participants, we developed such camaraderie that we’ve stayed in touch since completion of the program."
Managing Director, Demand Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation

2018 Sessions

April 23-26, 2018

Start: April 23 at 1:00 PM

End: April 26 at 2:30 PM

Evanston Campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

October 29 - November 1, 2018

Start: October 29 at 1:00 PM

End: November 1 at 2:30 PM

Evanston Campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208