Leading Change in Complex Organizations

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Learn to harness the leadership skills, political resources, and cultural understandings needed to guide successful organizational change. This program utilizes a unique analytical framework to address the change process from three perspectives: strategic, political, and cultural. Each of these lenses provides critical insights and tools that can help you avoid the pitfalls associated with managing change.

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Leading Change in Complex Organizations
Certificate Track: Management and Leadership
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuition: $9,500 (excluding accommodations)
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 5

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The 21st century organization is enormously complex, difficult to understand, and even more difficult to manage. Effective managers must have a strong knowledge of the people in the organization and the tasks they perform. They must also have the skills to use that knowledge in practical and flexible ways.


Leading Change in Complex Organizations presents innovative perspectives on organizational challenges, offering proven tools and frameworks to address them. The issues examined in the program—ranging from digitization to dynamic work design to workplace meritocracy—apply across sectors, industries, regions, and technical domains.


This is a highly interactive program that draws managers and executives from around the world. As a participant in this program you will learn frameworks that are grounded in research and demonstrated through classroom conversations, exercises, group work, case studies and a software-based business simulation. The program is taught by world renowned MIT Sloan faculty as well as non-academic practitioners who demonstrate the application of course material.

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Three Perspectives on Organizational Change

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