Leading Change and Organizational Renewal


Why are big companies failing? What specific factors put them at risk? And, most importantly, how can you affect the forces at play to prevent failure and achieve success?

Leading Change and Organizational Renewal helps you answer critical questions like these. Designed specifically for senior-level executives at large organizations, the curriculum is jointly developed by Stanford and Harvard faculty. During the one-week intensive schedule, you’ll learn a systematic methodology for diagnosing and dissecting strategic challenges. Hands-on design thinking sessions help you innovate for the future. And business-challenge work groups give you a unique opportunity to apply what you’ve learned to your organization’s specific challenges. You’ll also return to work with a take-home toolkit, including faculty video cases, slides, and workbooks, to help share and promote what you’ve learned.

Program Highlights

Using Culture for Competitive (Dis)Advantage

Why do industry leaders often lose their innovative edge, and how can they retain it? The purpose of this session is to explore how managers can balance the tension between the short and the long term, with particular attention to the use of culture in their organizations as a potential means for enhancing innovation.

Scaling Behavioral Change in a Successful Firm

A problem for every manager is how to scale change in attitudes — to make “good behaviors” or practices grow big fast and, in contrast, to shrink “bad behaviors” or practices quickly.

Managers accomplish this by scaling:

  • The top management team: bringing new people to the team.
  • Idea generation, so that every employee contributes.
  • Behavioral change.
  • Talent: buying and building talent.

Business-Challenge Work Groups

As the pace of change increases, big firms are actually in trouble. Managers who are unable to deal with these changes are failing at an increasing pace.
Charles O’Reilly, Faculty Co-Director

Before the program begins, you will be asked to provide the program faculty co-directors with a brief description of a specific challenge your organization is facing with respect to innovation or change.

Work groups will be organized based on the similarity of challenges. During the program, you, your work group, and a facilitator will meet daily to address actual challenges and craft solutions.

Other Selected Sessions

  • Design Thinking
  • Designs for Corporate Entrepreneurship in Established Firms
  • Organizational Diagnosis and Managerial Problem-Solving
  • Communication: The Art of Persuasion
  • Leading Cultural Change
  • Acting With Power
  • Leading Large System Change: Building Influence