This course engages students in their discovery of skills, practices and theories related to organizational change. Students will identify key factors influencing organizational change, learn skills to minimize resistance to change and analyze key competencies of effective change leaders. Case studies will be examined as the course compares/contrasts different change models and distinguishes key success factors in making change efforts last within our organizations. Using their newly learned resources, students will develop a "roadmap" that integrates key learning objectives and demonstrates their success as a change leader. Psychometric instruments used in this course include: Tolerance for Ambiguity Scale, Big Five Personality Test.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze organizational change initiatives and their failure rates.
  2. Examine the impact of internal and external forces of change on long-term organizational effectiveness.
  3. Evaluate reasons why organizations and individuals resist change.
  4. Differentiate between popular models of change leadership.
  5. Apply common change management principles to the change experience.
  6. Examine how individual traits and behaviors of a change leader can impact the change experience (e.g., emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, etc.).
  7. Create an organizational change "roadmap" outlining specific actions effective leaders would implement to bring about large-scale organizational change.

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