Leading Change in Complex Organizations

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This organization change management program helps executives harness the leadership skills, political resources, and cultural understandings needed to guide successful organizational change. The course utilizes a unique analytical framework to address the change process from three perspectives: strategic, political, and cultural. Each of these perspectives provides critical insights and tools that enable managers to avoid the pitfalls associated with traditional approaches to change.

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  • Mark D: This was the first course I took as part of the Executive Education and I continue to benefit from what I learned and apply the concepts. I learned about leading and managing change within organizations. I still refer back to the material we covered in the course in the areas of Culture and Change. The information on Informal Networks within an organization and how to understand its influence on change and culture has been helpful to me as a supervisor. I have recommended this course to several collegues, one of them is now enrolled in an Exec Ed certificate program.

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  • Peter N: From the program participant to the classroom environment, this program is constantly challeging your thinking. Since attending this program, I now look at problems more broadly, with greater depth, and from many different angles. It has given me the confidence to make complex decisions, deal with uncertainty, and handle ambiguity, it has help me develop a broad corporate perspective to intergrate and coordinate actions across functional and organizational boundaries.

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  • Mark C: This course provided a good base for understanding change in organizations.

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  • Rekiya A: This was the most amazing training i ever had. The whole experience was awesome and it set me on track for subsequent programs i had. The learning tools were apt and there were enough materials for everyone. The class had participants from over 40 countries and the networking opportunity was well appreciated. The course coordinators were wonderful and tried their best to make my stay quite comfortable, having come all the way from Nigeria. The syndicate groups were fun and provided opportunity for more friendly interactions. Back home, i have been making conscious effort to apply most of the new knowledge acquired as i continue to find case studies provided very similar to familiar experiences.

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  • Héctor T: This program really help you to reed the connections you have in the organization and how to capitalize that.

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  • Morten N: Even with a big group, the faculty managed to get everone involved and to facilitate a number of very insightful lectures -> discussions -> exchange of experiences among the very varied group. It was a very worth-while and fun week, indeed.

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  • WAYNE C: Leading Change in Complex Organization is an excellent consolidation of concepts presented in various MIT Executive Education individual programs with the added feature of providing the next step in the executive application of those skills into everyday business operations. The staff is well read and present new and challenging concepts ready for application immediately upon return to the work place.

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  • Abder S: I was very glad to participate to such innovative course. I went back with plenty of thoughts, ideas, methods and techniques to address within my company challenges where they can bring a very high value. Also, I met new people working on the same issues and I will remain conneted to them for furthermoe discussions and collaboration. The three perspectives of the organisation, the power distribution within an organisation, the innovation processes, the decision making as well as how to set up the "best" team are among the concepts, strategies and frameworks I will use in my daily work. Needless to say, the power of the Challenge Pro excercise where all the concepts addressed during the week were put together for a business case simulation, and where I learnt a lot on how to practice all the frameworks processed during the week. It was a great team, the discussions were interesting, even if I did not intervene that much. I learnt a lot from others. However, the discussion on leadership with Robert J? Thomas should be much more factual...and the course on decision making should also be much more focused on at least the definition of a decision and the description of its judgment part (instead of intuition). Finally, the organisation Janice, Maria, Joelle were our angels and our stay was made very easy and "giant"...I thank them all very warmly. Abder Seridji

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  • Peter Bang N: I enjoyed the Leading Change training program a lot, and I have definitely new and very useful tools with me home to Copenhagen. The engagement of the faculty was outstanding. I only have a small bit of negative feedback: I think you have to many government people in the same course. When to many people come from the same type of organisation, they can easily dominate the discussions. I my study group 4 people out of 8 was from the Navy. Besides this small issue: Fantastic!!! And what a wonderful dinner Thursday night!!

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  • Vahid P: I took a lot out of this course. The simulations were outstanding and the lecturers were accessible and able to show the practical applications of the content very clearly.

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