Class Highlight - Creating, Leading and Managing Change


organizational change can be positive

What class? 

LSAL 5193 – Creating, Leading and Managing Change 

Why is it cool? 

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” This is particularly true in organizations where personnel, economic conditions and competitive landscapes are always in a state of change.  

The good news is, this constant state of flux doesn’t have to be paired with fear and anxiety.  

Creating, Leading and Managing Change teaches students to recognize situations in need of change and how to overcome barriers to change. The class will examine how leaders can avoid common mistakes and cope with those who resist change by studying how leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Steve Jobs reacted to organizational change. 

“After learning about change, students take on the role of a consultant to provide insight to an organization that is struggling with change,” said instructor Ruby Daniels.  

By examining real-world scenarios, such as a large energy company losing market share to its competitors and a healthcare organization struggling with changes related to the Affordable Care Act, students will gain a greater understanding of the necessity and complexity of change. 

Students will leave the class better leaders who know how to anticipate and harness change, and they will be better prepared to respond to change in their organizations. 

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.