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  Jun 02, 2023
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Organizational Leadership and Transformation Certificate

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Certificate Program Lead: Charles Piazza, PhD

Sponsored by: Organizational Systems Degree Program



Organizations are made up of people, but they rarely change and adapt as well as people do. Leading organizational transformation requires an understanding of the nature of transformation, personal experience of transformation, the ability for authentic leadership, and knowledge of organizational culture, systems, and processes that support change. The Organizational Leadership and Transformation certificate provides the learner with the opportunity to develop organizational systems knowledge and practical skills needed to be an effective leader and change agent in whatever professional setting he or she chooses. Students develop the practical skills to understand organizational cultures and teach organizations large and small how to adapt in positive ways.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this certificate, students will:

  • Understand the breadth and depth of transformational change,
  • Be able to evaluate critically existing theories and models of organizational transformation,
  • Be able to work with some of the tools, techniques, and practices now available,
  • Have an enhanced capacity to guide successful transformation efforts,
  • Appreciate the cultural, ethical, and psychological aspects of transformation and be able to apply one’s work with compassion and respect.


The 15 credit certificate in Leading Organizational Transformation consists of four, three credit courses, and a three-credit practicum.

Required Courses:  

  1. ORG 7032  Analyzing Complex Organizational Situations: A Systems Perspective
  2. ORG 7070  Leading Organizational Innovation, Change, and Transformation
  3. ORG 7083  Leading and Developing the 21st Century Organization
  4. ORG 7096  Global Organizational Cultures and Inter-Cultural Management OR IS 600B  Global Leadership, Networking, and Cultural Intelligence
  5. ORG 8151  Practicum in Professional Practice


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