Leading Change in Organizations, workshop

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Change is a reality of life and commonplace, whether at the societal, industry, organizational, team, or individual level. Yet, within organizations, despite significant investment of time and money, many change programs fail to realize goals and meet expectations.

Leading Change in Organizations is a workshop intended for practitioners. Its focus is on acquiring knowledge and developing skills to understand the dynamics of change and to successfully make it happen to drive business performance and achieve desired results. This workshop will explore when and why change may be necessary, identify common causes for failures, and review best practices that can be applied to overcome resistance and enhance the probability of the success and sustainability of change initiatives. Special attention will be given to how the HRM system can be leveraged to drive and reinforce change.

Program Curriculum

  • Setting the Stage: Why change initiatives often fail
  • Identifying and leveraging key variables essential for successful change initiatives
  • Self-assessment of change master skills
  • Development of skills essential for conducting a situational analysis identifying the need for and type of change required in a given situation
  • Review of process models with the focus on a selected model useful for making change happen
  • Identifying sources of resistance to change and tactics for overcoming them
  • Sustaining change through effective strategic human resources management

Method of Delivery

The Leading Change Workshop is based on the principle of action learning which combines interactive learning and application of course materials to real-world change initiatives in which participants are engaged. As such, the focus is on both theory and practice, and bridging the gap between them. An integrative model focusing on CONTEXT, CONTENT, and PROCESS issues essential to planning and executing change initiatives is the foundation of the workshop, and key components are covered through facilitated discussion, exercises and dialogue. Following introduction and review of each workshop component, participants apply concepts, tools, and learnings to their own specific change-oriented challenges.

For Whom

If you are (or are interested in being) a leader of people, projects, or teams – particularly those engaged in organizational change initiatives – the Leading Change in Organizations Workshop is intended for you. Whether leader, manager, HR or individual contributor, workshop participants will benefit from learning about effectively leading change and its potential impact on achieving desired mission-critical results, whether in public or private sector organizations.


During the Leading Change in Organizations Workshop, you will acquire knowledge and develop skills in mastering concepts and tools that will assist you in understanding (1) the context, or the business case for change, (2) what type of change is required and what might be possible interventions to consider, and (3) how change initiatives can be implemented to enhance the chance for success. You will gain a better understanding of the key roles that change leaders, implementers, HRM staff and followers must play to achieve targets while overcoming stakeholder resistance. Participants from different companies will also benefit from sharing experiences regarding successes, failures, and best practices among themselves.

Venue: Astana, 53 Kabanbay Batyr avenue, Nazarbayev University, Graduate School of Business building

Dates: October 24-25, 2019

Price195000 KZT, inclusive of all course materials as well as meals and coffee.


Program Faculty

ChetChet Borucki, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Management

Chet Borucki joined the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University as the Founding Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Professor of Strategy and Management on 1 August, 2013. In addition to his academic appointment at Nazarbayev University, he is a consultant, speaker, writer, management development specialist, and facilitator who specializes in organizational analysis, developing strategic thinking capability, change management, and high performance work organizations in the manufacturing and service sectors.

The American, European, Japanese and Kazakh companies in which he has been involved in consultation, management development and/or research initiatives include Ameritech, British-American Tobacco, Carlsberg-Uzbekistan, Digital Equipment Corp., General Electric, Honeywell, Jac van Ham International B.V., John S. Herold, Inc., Konami, Kazakhmys, ING Bank, METRO Group, Panasonic, Nissan, Northern Telecom, Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management of the Netherlands), Royal Dutch Shell, Shiseido Co., LTD., Samruk-Kazyna, Sybase, TRW, Torch Energy Advisers Inc., and Whirlpool Corp.

Dr. Borucki received his PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management from the University of Michigan Business School (1989) and also holds Masters Degrees in Organizational Psychology (University of Michigan, 1984) and Business Administration (University of Massachusetts, 1978) and an undergraduate degree in Psychology (University of Massachusetts, 1975).

Previously he held appointments as Associate Dean and Academic Director for MBA programs at TIAS Business School in The Netherlands. He has also held academic positions at Temple University Japan where he served as the Director of the EMBA program, the International University of Japan where he served as the Dean of the Graduate School of International Management, Seoul National University, Nyenrode University (The Netherlands Business School), and New York University.

Among the popular courses he has taught are Strategic Management, Leading Change, and Analysis of Organizations.



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