Change is one of the most significant organizational dynamics that has created the need for effective leadership. It is also one of the most misunderstood and poorly implemented processes that organizations experience. Much of this is due to the very complex nature of organizational change. Thus, it is necessary to understand the environmental issues, both internally and externally, that have caused organizations to undergo this often dramatic and rapid change as well as to analyze the nature of resultant structural changes organizations experience. Leaders today need extensive knowledge of the interrelationship between organizational change and effective leader behavior in order to be or to become effective change agents capable of coping with such dramatic change. 

Through a study of related theories and models, this course lays the foundation for an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of positive organizational change. In addition to investigating the present and future trends in organizational change, students are shown how change can be planned, initiated, and implemented while also assuring that the strategies can be sustained for the long term. One theme of this course is that there is no “one size fits all” in terms of organizational change models.

Change is one of the most significant organizational dynamics that has created the need for effective leadership. It is also one of the most misunderstood and poorly implemented processes that organizations experience. Much of this is due to the very complex nature of organizational change. Thus, it is necessary to understand the environmental issues, both internally and externally, that have caused organizations to undergo this often dramatic and rapid change as well as to analyze the nature of resultant structural changes organizations experience. Leaders today need extensive knowledge of the interrelationship between organizational change and effective leader behavior in order to be or to become effective change agents capable of coping with such dramatic change. 

Through a study of related theories and models, this course lays the foundation for an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of positive organizational change. In addition to investigating the present and future trends in organizational change, students are shown how change can be planned, initiated, and implemented while also assuring that the strategies can be sustained for the long term. One theme of this course is that there is no “one size fits all” in terms of organizational change models.