A key source of competitive advantage is the ability to perceive change in the market,
and being able to pivot strategy and retool an organization to remain relevant.
Discover how in this online program.


8 weeks, excluding


4–6 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

This Program Is for You If:


  • You’re a business leader or manager who recognizes the need to prepare for change and remain competitive within a rapidly evolving business environment, by gaining relevant management mechanisms and tools

  • You want to learn strategic change management strategies from a global leader in executive education,1 the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

1 QS (2019)

On Completion of This Program, You’ll Walk Away With:


The ability to identify the need for strategic realignment and the skills to motivate for change, while overcoming stakeholder resistance.


The knowledge to create strategies for change, and design initiatives that are impactful and sustainable throughout your organization.


The tools to help increase organizational agility in order to remain competitive.

Program Outline

Over the duration of this online program, you’ll work your way through the following modules:

Module 1: Formulating a Strategy for Change
Assess strategy statements to ensure effective communication of a change management plan.

Module 2: Organizing for Change
Determine the ideal way in which an organization should be changed.

Module 3: Metrics and Motivating for Change
Assess the alignment between an organization’s strategy and structure to motivate for change.

Module 4: Organizing for Execution and Innovation
Evaluate whether an organization’s informal social networks are fostering execution or innovation.

Module 5: Building and Leading Learning-Ready Organizations
Deduce how to balance different organizational structures to allow for both execution and innovation.

Module 6: Becoming and Remaining Agile
Implement tactics to increase strategic and organizational agility in an ever-changing competitive environment.

Module 7: Managing Resistance to Change
Estimate resistance to change and how it might be managed.

Module 8: Making Change Sustainable
Assess whether change will be sustainable.

Your Academic Director

Edward Smith

Faculty Director, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

In addition to being an associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Smith is also a core faculty member of the Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO), and faculty associate at Northwestern Institute for Policy Research. Prior to joining Northwestern, Smith was the NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010 (specializing in sociology and economics).

Smith focuses his studies on the effects of social structure on the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations. He also researches collective intelligence and the ‘wisdom of crowds’, and works to connect research on cognitive processes and network theories of social capital to better understand how people utilize the resources available to them in their social networks.

An Online Education That Sets You Apart

This Kellogg School of Management online program is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time.


Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step.


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.

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