Leading Organizational Change: ORGL 4020

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Course Details

Offered: Spring Quarter 2021

Today’s organizations must constantly adapt to changes in economic, technological, regulatory, and business environments. In this course, you will explore the factors that drive organizational change, focusing on such topics as change in organizational culture and structure, change communication, and change resistance. Students will analyze, evaluate, and apply change models to real-world organizational change and development initiatives. Through individual and team exercises, examine why employees resist change and how successful leaders gain commitment and overcome barriers to change.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe their own readiness and attitudes to organizational change.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex nature of organizational change.
  • Explain the differences between levels of change (individual, system and group levels).
  • Distinguish between planned vs. unplanned, and evolutionary vs. revolutionary change.
  • Identify factors leading to change resistance; suggest ways to reduce/cope with resistance.
  • Understand the role of leadership and culture in organization change.
  • Apply change management theories to analyze and understand organizational change.

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