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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  • Rodney W: This course is very useful in understanding processes required to make changes. It is thought provoking as it relates to management and leader considerations for change management. It touches on the framing of messages with a practical application of negotiation tactics. I was also impressed by the overview of MIT and the Sloan School. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend the course to anyone looking to gain a different perspective of influencing change in their organization.

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  • Andre M: This program was under my expectations. The use of old cases and old "in class exercises" disappointed me.Also the number of attendees were to high (some questions were not answered and it almost impossible to get in touch to everyone). The participants selection process should be reviewed so that unexperienced professionals could attend another program that could be designed only for them. It could be included a pre-task realated to the participants "real problem" to be explored during the program...In short, there is a big opportunity to remodel the whole program. Regards, André Moreira.

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    • MIT Admin - Replied on: Jun 9, 2017

      Thank you for the feedback, Andre. Leading Change is a popular program that has generally been well received by participants. This year we did hear some comments that are inconsistent with feedback from previous years. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the team is currently reevaluating the program content with the intent of implementing key changes suggested by our participants. We will be happy to share those results and hope that you will give us another opportunity to meet/exceed your expectations.


  • Albert B: not as dynamic as many other that I did. But still a good way to organise thoughts.

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  • Gladys: Talented faculty but curriculum and practical use needs to be reviewed

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  • Sarah B: Fantastic course with some very valuable outtakes.

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  • Edgardo R: Everything has been outstanding: Programme, organisation, professors, classmates, MIT tour, breaks, working groups... It has been a great investment from a professional and personnel point of view. The simulation of the last day closed a perfect week in order to understand a little bit more how is the best approach to lead changes in the complexity of current organisations around the globe.

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  • Daniel N: I found the LCCO program very challenging, with a good mix of theory and exercices, based on powerful case studies and examples. The faculty was great and the participants formed a diverse and lively group. The whole course was very well organized from every point of view. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Stephen N: A superb program for experienced managers dealing with change - rigorous, practical and immediately useful material. And the faculty and staff are amazing!

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  • Jason M: One of the best courses I've taken in a long while. The learning modules were very relevant to my work and responsibilities and I'm looking forward to utilizing my learnings to help my organize change and grow more effectively.

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  • Khalid Al S: great course, gives you different perspectives on how to manage things!!!

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