Week 6: Leadership, Organizational Culture and Change (Oct 02 - Oct 09)
Week 6 Introduction
Where Have We Been?
Last week, our text and discussions took us deep into the nature of power, politics, and leadership.
Through our discussion on Edward Zore, we touched on the multiple sources of power and how they are
influenced by internal and external factors. Our text also highlighted for us the distinction between power
and influence. Empowerment was addressed, as part of our continuing focus on valuing people, and the
topic will cycle around again later in the class. We also touched on Agency Theory and its links to
corporate governance. Our review of the Southwest/Novo Nordisk case clarified the various approaches
to leadership, and it gave us a platform to discuss situational and other leadership theories.
Where Are We Headed?
This week, our TCOs point us toward organizational change, resistance to change, and the link between
culture and effectiveness. Our text and discussions will take us deeper into leadership with a review of
leadership challenges and organizational change. At a time when corporate leadership, and the lack
thereof, continues to make headlines, we will reflect on moral and ethical leadership. Our chapter begins
with a highlight on John C. Lechleiter of Eli Lilly. It addresses his move to redefine Lilly and the leadership
role he and the company play locally and in their industry. We will also continue our focus on cultural
differences, with an examination of leadership styles across multiple cultures.
Our second major topic is on organizational change. We will be introduced to various types of change and
then we will move onto a review of the requisite steps for successful organizational change initiatives, with
a specific analysis of resistance to change, its origins, and strategies to overcome the resistance. One of
our threaded discussion questions this week deals specifically with resistance to change.
Our second chapter this week, and our second TCO, will move us out of the realm of leadership and into
organizational culture and its links to organizational efficiency. Complementing our readings in the text, we
have an in-depth discussion thread that interweaves organizational culture, the process by which you
would identify negative aspects of a culture, and tools for undertaking a cultural change initiative. We will
use both the Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI) and the Cultural Change Situation provided by
Human Synergistics, as part of our review of Conglomerate, Inc. and their actual and desired cultures.
This is a very applied exercise and provides great insight into the complexities and uncertainties around