Organizations today are large, complex, difficult to understand and even more difficult to manage. To be successful, managers must have a strong knowledge of the social networks that connect people in organizations and how to leverage them. They should identify where the real power and influence of the organization lies. In order to implement successful initiatives, managers need to navigate organizational barriers to change.

Leading Organizations & Change is a thought provoking course with challenging work assignments, practical frameworks based on MIT research, as well as a powerful change management simulation to immerse you in the complexities and nuances of effective change. You’ll learn frameworks, models, and perspectives that you can apply immediately.


As the organizational complexity increases, effective managers today must have a strong knowledge of the people in the organization and the tasks they perform. They must have the skills to use that knowledge in practical and flexible ways. The program presents innovative perspectives on managerial problems and offers practical solutions. The issues examined apply across organizations, national boundaries, and technical domains.

Previous batches have come from:

  • Industries: Consulting, media, IT products and services, banking and financial services, education, healthcare and retail.
  • Countries: United States, India, Brazil, Germany, Canada, UAE, South Africa, Switzerland.


At the end of this course, participants will learn:

  • To assess organizational challenges faced at your workplace and your own leadership style
  • MIT’s 4 Capability Leadership Model (Sense Making, Relating, Visioning and Inventing)
  • Strategic, political and cultural perspectives and be able to apply the 3 perspectives to your own organization
  • The importance of power and influence in organizations, apply sources of power using a real-world case
  • Organizational networks. Learn frameworks on change simulation and apply the same

Emeritus and MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan Executive Education has collaborated with Emeritus to offer a portfolio of online programs. These programs leverage our faculty’s thought leadership in management practice developed over years of research, teaching and practice. Through Emeritus we expect to extend our impact in the world of leadership development to learners across the world. You can read more about this relationship here.


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  • Starts on

    September 24, 2020

  • Duration

    2 Months, Online

    (2 - 4 hours per week)
  • Course Fees

    US$ 1,200*

Course Video

Curriculum & Faculty


  • Framework
  • a) Introducing leadership
  • b) Assumptions about leadership
  • c) The MIT Four-Capabilities Leadership Model
  • - Sensemaking
  • - Relating
  • - Visioning
  • - Inventing
  • Application
  • a) The MIT Four-Capabilities assessment
  • - Your leadership signature
  • - Your organization’s leadership signature
  • Framework
  • a) Three perspectives: Strategic design, political, and cultural
  • b) The strategic design perspective
  • - Concept overview
  • - Leader’s role
  • - Stimulus for change
  • c) The political perspective
  • - Concept overview
  • - Leader’s role
  • - Stimulus for change
  • - Working with the political lens
  • - Power sources
  • d) The cultural perspective
  • - Concept overview
  • - Leader’s role
  • - Barriers and stimulus for change
  • - Working with the political lens
  •      > How culture changes
  • Application
  • a) Case study: The Strategy That Wouldn’t Travel
  • b) The Strategy That Wouldn’t Travel: Bringing about a successful change using the three perspectives
  • Framework
  • a) Introduction to Power:
  • b) Power lessons
  • c) Sources of power
  • Application
  • a) The Aerospace case study
  • b) The Silicon Systems case study
  • c) The Elizabeth Parker case study
  • Framework
  • a) The Law of Propinquity
  • b) Network Analysis
  • - Diagnosing networks
  • - Structural holes in networks
  • - Network measurements
  • Application
  • a) Tools to analyze your network: Calculating Network Density and El Index
  • Framework
  • a) Implementing organizational change: Tools and strategies for different change challenges
  • Application
  • a) The Change Simulation
  • a) Simulation debrief live webinar


John Van Maanen
John Van Maanen

Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management

Learning Experience

Emeritus follows a unique online model. This model has ensured that nearly 90 percent of our learners complete their course.

  • Orientation Week

    Orientation WeekThe first week is orientation week. During this week you will be introduced to the other participants in the class from across the world. You will also learn how to use the learning platform and other learning tools provided.

  • Weekly Goals

    Weekly GoalsOn other weeks, you have learning goals set for the week. The goals would include watching the video lectures and completing the assignments. All assignments have weekly deadlines.

  • Recorded Video Lectures

    Recorded Video LecturesThe recorded video lectures are by faculty from the collaborating university.

  • Live Webinars

    Live WebinarsEvery few weeks, there are live webinars conducted by Emeritus course leaders. Course leaders are highly-experienced industry practitioners who contextualize the video lectures and assist with questions you may have regarding your assignments. Live webinars are usually conducted between 1 pm and 3 pm UTC on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • Clarifying Doubts

    Clarifying DoubtsIn addition to the live webinars, for some courses, the course leaders conduct Office Hours, which are webinar sessions that are open to all learners. During Office Hours, learners ask questions and course leaders respond. These are usually conducted every alternate week to help participants clarify their doubts pertaining to the content.

  • Follow-Up

    Follow-UpThe Emeritus Program Support team members will follow up and assist over email and via phone calls with learners who are unable to submit their assignments on time.

  • Continued Course Access

    Continued Course AccessYou will continue to have access to the course videos and learning material for up to 12 months from the course start date.


Assignments/Application Projects

Assignments are given out weekly and they are based on the lectures or tutorials provided. They need to be completed and submitted as per the deadline for grading purposes. Extensions may be provided based on a request sent to the support team.

Discussion Boards

It is an open forum where participants pin their opinions or thoughts regarding the topic under discussion.

Case Studies

These are real world scenario-based assignments involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a subject of study, as well as its related contextual conditions.

Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects are given out at the end of the course to apply all the strategies taught during the course.


Emeritus Program Support Team

If at any point in the course you need tech, content or academic support, you can email program support and you will typically receive a response within 24 working hours or less.


Device Support

You can access Emeritus courses on tablets, phones and laptops. You will require a high-speed internet connection.


Emeritus Network

On completing the course you join a global community of 5000+ learners on the Emeritus Network. The Network allows you to connect with Emeritus past participants across the world.

Program Highlights

Capstone Simulation
1 Capstone Simulation
Live Teaching Sessions
3 Live Teaching Sessions
Case Studies
4 Case Studies
6 Discussions
7 Assignments
Video Lectures
65 Video Lectures

Benefits to the Learner

Career capital

Career capital

  • Professional acceleration through our enriched leadership toolkit
  • Learn while you earn
  • Get noticed. Get ahead.
Social Capital

Social Capital

  • Build new networks through peer
  • interaction
  • Benefit from diverse class profiles
Brand Capital

Brand Capital

  • Certificate from Emeritus in collaboration with MIT Sloan
Intellectual Capital

Intellectual Capital

  • Global Business Education
  • Rigorous and experiential curriculum
  • World-renowned faculty
  • Globally connected classroom: peer to peer learning circles
  • Action learning: learning by doing


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