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Leadership and Change Management

Leading change

Owing to globalization and advances in technology, the world of work is rapidly changing. Organizations that adapt quickest create a competitive advantage for themselves, while those that resist change are left behind. The Leadership and Change Management Major positions you to learn how to take advantage of a rapidly-evolving business environment.

Leadership involves a range of skills. You need to know how to:

  • Monitor and effect organizational change
  • Increase individual and organizational performance
  • Resolve conflict
  • Facilitate team effectiveness
  • Negotiate with stakeholders, and
  • Influence others.

In this major you will learn the fundamentals of leadership, and gain the skills, tools and knowledge you need to advance positive change within your organization.


"Some leaders shut down the intelligence of the people around them, while others amplify it."

- Liz Wiseman, former global leader for human resource development for Oracle, in an article for Rotman Management Magazine


Requirements to Complete the Major

You must successfully complete at least four of the following core courses:

Core Courses

  • Strategic Change and Implementation
  • Leveraging Strategic Networks
  • Organizational Design
  • Advanced Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Aligning People and Strategy
  • Managing Talent for Global Operations
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Power and Influence in Organizations
  • Leading Teams
  • Effective Leadership

It is also recommended that students in this major choose other courses from the following selection:

  • International Business
  • Corporation 360°
  • Corporate Strategy

Activities outside of class

  • Purdue Human Capital Case Competition
  • Rotman OBHR Speaker Series

Career Paths

Your individual leadership style will evolve over time. By developing a skill set during your MBA, you can better prepare yourself to assume a senior position in the future. A typical career path for many graduates is to assume leadership roles in their firms, or drive change from outside the organization as consultants. Your aptitude for leadership will carry you far in entrepreneurial ventures or consulting, or in organizational functions such as quality management, finance, accounting, operations, strategic management or human resource management.

Flexible Internship Program

The Rotman Full-Time MBA Program provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate and apply management knowledge gained within the program through a 4-month internship. Students are required to complete the course “Applied Management: Placement” in conjunction with a work placement which may be done in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms. Depending on their academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, students will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout their work placement, students will benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, tracking of project deliverables and feedback from faculty supervisors.

Notable alumni

  • Heather Briant (MBA '90), Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Cineplex Entertainment
  • Mary Sullivan (MBA '95), VP, Corporate Human Resources, Four Seasons Hotels
  • Monica Donahue (MBA '92), Vice President, Human Resources, McCain Foods Ltd
  • Sean Kogan (MBA '90), President, Recruiting in Motion
Thought piece - Leadership

The Power of Networks

Professor Tiziana Casciaro is an expert on networks.

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