Strategic Change Management

Lead and implement change in your organization

Is your organization experiencing growth, driving innovation or navigating disruption? If so, you’re not alone. Organizational change is inevitable in the modern business world and, for those who want to remain competitive, the ability to manage change is critical.

In this online program, you’ll learn to develop a strategy for sustainable change and gain the knowledge required to implement and oversee change initiatives while managing resistance from stakeholders. You’ll also develop the insight to maintain agility, effectively manage aversion to change, and ensure that change is sustainable through building and leading a learning-ready organization. Most participants can expect to dedicate 4-6 hours per week to watching the lectures, participating in discussions and completing exercises.

Online Programs

Who Should Attend

  • Senior and middle managers who want to drive strategic change at a company, as well as team level
  • Decision makers who need to navigate disruption in their industry with a change management strategy
  • Professionals in change management and HR who need to implement large-scale change in an organization
  • Leaders of small businesses looking to effectively manage growth and scaling

Key Benefits

  • Develop a strategic approach to change management that aligns with your organizational strategy and design
  • Gain the practical tools for implementing sustainable change in your business, while managing resistance from stakeholders
  • Understand how to build a learning-ready organization in order to remain agile and gain a strategic competitive edge
  • Learn from expert Kellogg School of Management faculty
  • Engage with an international network of like-minded professionals

Program Content

Module 1 - Formulating a Strategy for Change

Understand the importance of strategy to create change and learn to write an effective strategy statement

  • Identify the key elements of an effective strategy statement
  • Practice writing a strategy statement
  • Critique an organization's strategy statement

Module 2 - Organizing for Change

Explore the importance of designing an organization effectively to manage change

  • Relate the importance of an organization's structure to its competitive advantage
  • Articulate the best approach to change an organization's design

Module 3 - Metrics and Motivating for Change

Explore how the application of metrics can create motivation for change

  • Use metrics and measurement to motivate for change
  • Analyze data to determine the alignment between an organization's strategy and structure
  • Determine how an organization should change to align its strategy and structure

Module 4 - Organizing for Execution and Innovation

Explore the use of social network structures as a way to foster execution and innovation

  • Articulate how to organize for closure versus brokerage
  • Determine whether an organization is designed for closure or brokerage
  • Analyze an organization's informal social networks and deduce whether it is structured for execution or innovation
  • Recommend changes to an organization's informal social networks to foster execution and innovation

Module 5 - Building and Leading Learning-Ready Organizations

Develop a framework for creating a learning-ready organization for a competitive advantage

  • Identify the core concepts of a learning-ready organization
  • Determine the learning-readiness of an organization
  • Apply the concept of learning-readiness to organizational alliances
  • Deduce appropriate social networks to facilitate a learning-ready organization

Module 6 - Becoming and Remaining Agile

Discover the importance of strategic and organizational agility to implementing change

  • Identify what agility is and discuss it in the context of organizational strategy
  • Indicate ways to become more agile
  • Apply tools to increase strategic and organizational agility

Module 7 - Managing Resistance to Change

Examine the hurdles to implementing change and ways to overcome them

  • Identify different types of innovation and how innovation leads to resistance
  • Determine the risks associated with stakeholder perception to disruptive innovation
  • Recommend ideas to manage resistance to change

Module 8 - Making Change Sustainable

Ensure the long-term survival of your change management plan

  • Understand the difference between installing change and implementing change
  • Investigate an organization's ability to sustain change
  • Predict whether a change management plan is likely to be sustained or not


Edward (Ned) Smith - Academic Director; 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)

Sally Blount - Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Strategy

Julie Duty - Founder and Executive Director, United Sound, Inc.

Adam Galinsky - Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business; Chair of Management Division, Columbia Business School, Columbia University

Stephen King - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

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


What is the learning experience?

Strategic Change Management integrates rich, interactive media – such as videos, infographics, and e-learning activities – along with traditional didactic components such as study guides (program notes). There will also be opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums.

The introductory orientation module is designed to introduce participants to the online teaching and technical support network and help connect participants to each other.

What is the program format?

The program consists of 8 modules delivered over 2 months online. Learners can expect to dedicate 4-6 hours per week to watch videos, complete assignments and participate in discussions. Each module is opened weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning, with quizzes throughout to assess your learning process.

Could a learner choose to opt out of some topics?

No. This is an online program in which a topic module is introduced each week and the learner is expected to watch the video lectures, participate in the live webinars, complete the exercises/activities and take the mastery quiz at the end of each week to progress to the subsequent week’s topic.

What methods will be used for grading and evaluations?

Program tutors and success managers will review assignments, discussions and exercises to determine participants’ understanding of the material, as well as ensure a positive learning experience in the online learning platform.

Can participation in this program be counted as credit toward a degree, either at Kellogg, Northwestern University or another academic institution?

No. Executive Education offers only non-degree programs and each participant receives a certificate of completion at the end of the program. This certificate does not count as credit toward a degree. In addition, at this time, our online programs do not count as credit toward a Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate.

Does the program offer community engagement for learners?

Yes, participants can create a profile, connect and collaborate with peers. In addition, in the live webinars, participants can interact with the head tutor and other content experts.

What are the requirements for accessing the program?

Participants will need the following to access the Strategic Change Management program:

  • Valid email address
  • Computing device connected to the internet (Mac/PC/laptop, tablet or smartphone)
  • The latest version of your preferred browser to access our learning platform (though not required, we recommend using Google Chrome when accessing the Online Campus for optimal experience)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and PDF viewer to access content such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts
  • Additional software and resources may be required for certain programs – this will be communicated upon registration and/or at the beginning of the program
  • PLEASE NOTE: Google, Vimeo and YouTube may be utilized in the program delivery.

Do the programs offer a certificate?

Yes. Participants will receive a digital certificate of completion from Kellogg following a successful conclusion to the program. Since this program is graded as a pass or fail, participants must receive 70% satisfactory feedback on submitted assignments and assessments in order to obtain the certificate. This digital certificate can be shared with colleagues and posted on LinkedIn. (PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide reports of assessments, or “transcripts,” since this is a non-degree program.)

Who is 2U, Inc./GetSmarter and what is their relationship with Kellogg Executive Education?

Kellogg Executive Education is partnering with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., an online education provider, to develop and deliver this program. By working with 2U, Inc./GetSmarter, we are able to provide broader access to Executive Education, beyond our on-campus offerings, in a collaborative and engaging format that is consistent with Kellogg’s standard of quality.

Additional questions?

Please contact us at 847-467-6018 or

Upcoming Sessions

Feb. 19 - April 21, 2020

Start: February 24 at 12:00 AM

End: April 21 at 12:00 AM

Accepting registrations through Feb. 23


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