Driving Organizational Change

Achieving business goals through purposeful change management

In today's complex global business environment, it's no longer enough to merely respond to change. Successful leaders are able to anticipate the impact of marketplace adjustments, new regulatory requirements, a change in business strategy or the implementation of new technology within their organizations. By taking a holistic approach to their change initiatives, these leaders create an agile work environment while promoting organizational resilience.

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 prepared and motivated to guide your organization through major change efforts. 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.

This program will be offered in a live virtual format for fall 2020. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. In this highly interactive format, you will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Become a change leader

Information Session

Tuesday, September 29 at 2pm CT

Learn more about Driving Organizational Change at our upcoming Information Session. During this live one-hour session, you’ll meet with faculty and staff who will be on-hand to answer all your questions.

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
  • Groups or teams charged with delivering a change initiative

Key Benefits

  • Gain insight into the relationship between organizational strategy, the external landscape, and change agendas
  • Understand the dynamics between change management, organizational design and project management
  • Develop an action plan for your own real-life change challenge
  • Appreciate the psychological and physical demands of change on the people within an organization
  • Leave with a robust and reusable change management methodology

Program Content

This program is designed to be utilized as a workshop. Two case studies will be used throughout the program to demonstrate change management concepts, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own work-related change challenges to the program.

Anticipating and Defining Necessary Organizational Change

  • Understand how the business landscape and business strategy act as the guiding force for most change agendas
  • Define what the desired state of change is and how it differs from the current state
  • Consider the impact of change on the entire organizational ecosystem

Planning for Organizational Change

  • Learn how to write a business case for change
  • Consider the institutional enablers and barriers to change based on the organization’s history and culture
  • Collect and synthesize key data to guide the direction and impact of change plans
  • Identify and understand how to address key stakeholders’ concerns

Implementing the Organizational Change Plan

  • Discover how to use advocacy and influence to promote and drive the change agenda with key stakeholders
  • Learn to manage resistance to proposed change
  • Explore options for linking change management plans to related project management plans
  • Learn how to build and deliver four key change implementation plans addressing communications, education, accountability and resource support

Sustaining Organizational Change

  • Explore the psychology and physiology of change
  • Identify key change metrics and create a system for monitoring progress and success
  • Discover how to create a flow of sponsorship for change to each level of the organization


Stephen King - Academic Director; Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

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

Loran Nordgren - Professor of Management & Organizations

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

Edward (Ned) Smith - Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University; Faculty Affiliate, Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO)

Jill Zimmerman - Partner, Global Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Mercer

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 37.0 CPE credits.

Continuing Professional Education Information
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

All Kellogg programs that qualify for CPE credits do not have pre-requisites. Advanced readings and case preparation is required. A packet of course materials is emailed to all participants before the program begins.

All Kellogg programs are group-live or internet-based. Program level: Advanced. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact our office at 847-467-6018.

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 contact us to schedule an advising session

2020 Session

Oct. 26 - Nov. 5, 2020

Start: October 26 at 8:30 AM

End: November 5 at 11:30 AM

Live Virtual Program

Download the Program Topic Overview


2021 Sessions

March 29 - April 1, 2021

Start: March 29 at 1:00 PM

End: April 1 at 2:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

November 8-11, 2021

Start: November 8 at 1:00 PM

End: November 11 at 2:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

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