Managing Individual and Organizational Change

  • Business belongs to savvy change-makers; it belongs to leaders who look beyond routine and balance security with untapped potential. Embrace your vision while guiding others to tackle new work with renewed energy and passion and rally support across your organization for change.

  • At a Glance

    Encourage profitable evolution while reducing risk and discomfort with Managing Individual and Organizational Change. This program teaches leaders like you to prepare for and navigate organic and disruptive change. Learn how to manage your own responses to change, strengthen your flexibility, and provide the context and confidence your employees need to make the most of new opportunities.

    The Program

    You'll begin by learning the basic psychological and behavioral patterns that accompany change, grounding the skills you need to manage stress at the individual, team and organizational levels. You'll discover the components of resilient and adaptable teams from the firsthand experience of managers and consultants, and you'll learn how to empower your colleagues through reconnecting with organizational values. By analyzing real-world outcomes and the methods of great change agents, you'll prepare a portfolio of techniques to marry innovation with structural and financial stability, so you can act more swiftly and with greater purpose.

    Where You'll Excel

    • Learn the personal habits that enable leaders to become powerful change managers — and how to underscore those skills with your natural strengths.
    • Create teams that weather turbulence and embrace change as an essential part of growth.
    • Demonstrate poise and level-headed decision-making in unpredictable situations.
    • Understand the psychological and social elements that influence behavior before, during and after disruptions to traditional team structures.

    Schedule & Topics

    • Change as Growth: The Ultimate Personal Perspective
    • Managing in Organizations: Organizational Change in Strategic Perspective
    • Models and Concepts for Change: An Individual Perspective
    • Organizational and Individual Change Issues
    • Processes and Stages of Change: Individual to Organizational Perspective


    You'll walk away from Managing Individual and Organizational Change with:

    • Step-by-step systems to prepare for and navigate change on the organizational level
    • A list of factors you must align among individuals to accelerate their strengths and flexibility as a team
    • Ways to empower individuals and shift their focus from discomfort to progress
    • Techniques for improving your own capacity to embrace and pilot change, both as a role model and hands-on manager
    • Methods for soliciting diverse feedback, including creative conversations, to discover and encourage innovation and stay ahead of the curve


    This course is designed for executives who plan or carry out organization-wide changes in strategy or technology, managers responsible for shifts in cultural standards or organizational structure, and business leaders tasked with soliciting buy-in for new initiatives. 





    Martin N. Davidson

    Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration
    Widely cited in the areas of leadership and diversity, Davidson has conducted research on four continents and is the author of the award-winning book The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, in which he discusses going beyond the usual "managing diversity" paradigm to "leveraging differences" to transform an organization. Davidson consults with Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.



    Alexander B. Horniman

    Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of Business Administration; Senior Fellow, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
    Horniman has been training ethical, mindful leaders for more than 45 years. His "Leading, Learning and Change" framework has inspired thousands to think differently about how they lead and influence others. A behavioral psychology and leadership specialist, he is the founding director of the Darden Olsson Center for Applied Ethics. Horniman served in the U.S. Army and as a special consultant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and has prior experience in the aviation industry. He holds a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

    Location & Accommodations

    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.


    Tuition & Certificates

    $8,500 covers materials, meals and accommodations at the Inn at Darden.

    By taking this course, you will earn one week of credit toward a Certificate in LeadershiporGeneral Management.