This block week course will examine the growing variety and examples of leading edge, ‘advanced’ organization, management and leadership practices called “Management 2.0”. These companies will be the laboratory for Advanced Org Change—illuminating their journeys and efforts to become more innovative, less hierarchical, less bureaucratic, more transparent, more empowering, and more adaptable. In doing so, we will examine a range of industries, company sizes, and histories including from start up’s to large traditional organizations seeking to transform themselves to very different management processes, leadership roles and skills, and corporate cultures.
These progressive companies indeed are distinctive in their ways of doing things, their character and climate, and frequently quite successful as a result, with competitive differentiation in their marketplace and in the war for talent. We will explore many such examples, learn from them, and in so doing challenge ourselves to think about the kinds of organizations students will be joining post CBS and beyond. This will include examples of bold organizational design and processes (e.g. Holocracy), bold organizational cultures (e.g. radical transparency) and millennial-friendly employee engagement (e.g. lifestyle values and empowerment).
Some of these workplaces are created out of the strong vision of a leader, some are bottom up created, but almost all arise out of a recognition of a fast changing, unpredictable world called “VUCA”—volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Covid-19 is the most dramatic example of such, and we will want to understand what forms of management practices and leadership skills will help organizations become more capable and more adaptable to unpredictable future challenges.
However, it goes beyond cataloguing these pioneer workplaces for the future. These new workplace designs and cultures will also be shaped by new workforces, more diverse, more millennnial, and motivated to help “reform” workplaces and modernize them with their own goals and aspirations. We will be our own “focus group” imagining and identifying the kinds of workplaces that students hope to join or help create/transform.
The course will include many case examples including two case premieres, active discussion formats, breakouts, polls, chats, lectures, and a series of thought leader outside speakers and case protagonists. And to preserve our eyes, we will take some breaks from day long zoom to reflect and digest! But the course is not for those who want a low paced course—we will depend on the energy of students weeklong!
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business
Professor Jick is a leading expert in Leadership and Organizational Change. He has had a long career of both academic and consulting work in this field. In 2020, he became the Faculty Director of the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership. He has an MS and PhD from Cornell in Organizational Behavior. He was a professor at the Harvard Business School for...