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Leading Strategic Change

Set direction and inspire action.

Set the right direction for your change initiative and inspire effective action. You’ll redefine how you think about change in your organization and what you need to achieve your vision.


In a highly competitive global business environment, being able to adapt quickly to new conditions is a key predictor of success. Senior executives frequently grapple with situations in which they know that change is imperative but can’t determine exactly what has to change or how to make it happen. Rotman's Leading Strategic Change program helps set the right direction for a transforming initiative and inspire effective action. This program will redefine how you think about change in your organization– considering both what is needed to achieve your vision and what is possible in terms of time, resources and collective motivation.

Change Leadership Project

This program is designed to help you develop a framework for change within the context of your own organization. Throughout this program, you will progress from analyzing your change initiative, through the design of a framework for change, to developing a unique model for accelerating the process in your organization. You will have the opportunity to apply Rotman's Model-Based Problem Solving approach to your own change project. Model-Based Problem Solving is a powerful and outcome-driven approach to problem solving, will enable you to tackle your project’s most complicated challenges, make better decisions and achieve optimum results. Through one-on-one coaching, Rotman faculty will show you how to look beyond standard models to build your own strategy–one that reflects the unique needs of your organization.

Leading Strategic Change, Five Days

My experience attending both Rotman's Integrative Thinking  and Leading Strategic Change programs exceeded all my expectations.  I attended the programs back-to-back and I was inspired by my interaction with the faculty and the other attendees. The programs have given me the opportunity to filter my thoughts through elements like strategic thinking and change management.  The knowledge gained and tools learned will be great for my future.

Nikos Kefalas | Crew & Training Manager
Almi Tankers, Greece

This program has been certified by the University of Toronto's Sustainability Office as a Green Course.

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Key Benefits

The experiential learning approach of this program is dynamic, intensive and high impact–combining classroom lectures, case studies and group discussions with one-on-one coaching aimed at helping to refine the nuances involved in your unique change initiative.

Takeaways include:

• New strategies and a new way to think about driving organizational change.
• A spectrum of proven best practices, innovative ideas and pragmatic decision-making frameworks.
• A customized change model specific to your own strategic change initiative.
• Valuable connections and access to a network of peers from varying backgrounds and organizations.
• A deeper understanding of Model-Based Problem Solving, as it applies to your personal change initiative.

Time is the most constrained resource in today's organizations, so Rotman has created this highly compressed learning program to integrate with personal and professional schedules, ensuring a comfortable and productive experience. 


This program has been approved for 43.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Who Should Attend

Leading Strategic Change is designed specifically for senior executives at the helm of significant change initiatives in the early stages of development. The program is aimed at senior executives, including those at the vice-president and director levels, in both private and public sector organizations.

As a participant, you will be required to come to the program with a change leadership initiative which is in its early stages, ideally an ‘idea’ about some aspect of your organization that needs to change. This should not be a current project ready for implementation but rather a strategic opportunity currently under consideration. This criterion is important because the initial stages of analyzing the change opportunity is the foundation of the program.

This program will be particularly valuable if you are in one of the following situations:

  • The business unit for which you are responsible has experienced a decline in performance.
  • You've recently taken over a new area and recognize the need for change.
  • The competitive challenges facing your organization have changed dramatically.
  • You know that innovation is required but can’t yet see where or how to implement it.
  • You want to target opportunities that others don’t see and take action immediately.
  • You’re currently leading a large-scale change initiative in an under performing organization.


A typical day consists of day classes, group meetings and individualized sessions with a faculty advisor. During the week-long session, participants are introduced to the theories, models and techniques that establish the foundation of successful strategic change planning and implementation.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

  • Developing Your Vision
  • Strategy

Team Meetings and/or Faculty Advisor Sessions

  • Theories and Models
  • Diagnosis for Change

Team Meetings and/or Faculty Advisor Sessions

  • Leadership for Change
  • Your Change Model: Analysis

Team Meetings and/or Faculty Advisor Sessions

Day 4

Day 5

  • Effects of Change
  • Sustaining Change
  • Building Your Own Change Model
  • Individual Presentations 
  • Feedback Session


Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in Leading Strategic Change

John Oesch

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Ann Armstrong

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David Weiss

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We are currently working to determine dates for the next offering of Leading Strategic Change. If you have any questions about the program, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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A 5-day intensive program


Spring 2019


Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario


Participant profile:
Senior management, change initiative leaders


$7,950 CAD +HST


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