Spring 2006 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Management

Section Title: Leading Change
Instructor(s): Howard Prince
Course: P A 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
(previously Seminar on Topics in Public Management)
Unique Number: 62580
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.111
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The goal of this course is to enhance your ability to bring about and participate in change.

Change is a fundamental part of leadership. Leaders must anticipate forces that will cause changes, identify opportunities that will require changes if the opportunity is to be taken, react to unforeseen events that make changes imperative, and work with others to overcome the predictable reactions to change which usually include some degree of resistance. Some times leaders must also be conservators of values and institutions that come under attack. Knowing when to change and when to preserve is a vital leadership ability.

Leading change is a significant part of the policy process. It is not enough to identify policy issues, develop potential solutions, and allocate the necessary resources. In order to implement policy in organizations, communities and society as a whole, leaders must learn how to initiate and plan for change, how to communicate the need for change, how to make a change appealing to gain support from others, and to consolidate the results so that the changes endure and have the intended impact.

Leaders must change themselves as they move along a path of professional growth and development. Understanding how to change oneself and to assist others to change and develop in response to new challenges are also important leadership skills.

In this course we will study the change process at several levels. Students will study not only the theory of change but also case studies involving significant change efforts. Much of the course work will be done in teams of students.

The course is designed and presented to help you accomplish the following outcomes by the end of the semester:

Source material for the students will include the following works:

John Kotter, Leading Change

James O'Toole, Leading change: overcoming the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom .

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