Organizational Capacity for Change | Course Description | Alison

Change Management - Organizational Capacity for Change - Revised

This course introduces you to the principles and practices of Organizational Capacity for Change (OCC).

Leadership and Management
Free Course
This free online course in change management introduces you to OCC or Organisational Capacity for Change. Businesses need to be able to deal with ongoing change, and OCC is designed to help them achieve this goal. OCC involves human resources, systems and procedures, and organizational culture. By the end of this course you will be able to build an effective change strategy and play an effective role in organizations going through change.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This course introduces you to the principles of Organizational Capacity for Change (OCC). OCC refers to the resources an organization has, that make it adaptable to a changing market environment. Capacity is multidimensional and comprises three core elements: human resources; systems and procedures; culture, values and norms. Leadership effectiveness is important for preparing and driving organizational change. You will learn about the importance of leaders building trust with their "followers".

You will learn that leaders must demonstrate skill and competence in making visions become realities. Successful change programs incorporate personal follow-ups, such as reminder notes, one-to-one coaching sessions and adequate time and resources spent working with others. 'Change Champions' are usually middle managers in an organization, who are able to influence others to adopt proposed changes, without having the formal authority to do so. You will study best practice guides which have been compiled from change management literature and research, as well as practical lessons learnt from change management projects.

This free Organizational Capacity for Change course will be of great interest to professionals looking to play a prominent role in change management processes. The course will also be of interest to small business owners who want to learn more about guiding their employees through a period of change. Change is a constant feature of business. This means that the skills you will learn in this course will undoubtedly come in handy sooner or later. So why wait? Start the course now. and become the professional your organization is looking for.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Define organizational capacity for change
  • Summarize the factors that influence an organization's capacity for change
  • Discuss the role that trustworthy leaders and followers play in the organizational change process
  • Explain strategies for developing and retaining champions of change
  • Describe strategies for involving middle management in the organizational change process
  • Define organizational structure and outline its elements
  • Explain the terms: matrix, boundaryless and learning organization
  • Describe how and why organizations change
  • Explain the reasons people often resist change


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