The Executive Speaker Series invites a panel of experts to discuss business and economic issues critical to Michigan-based businesses.

The series focuses on diverse topics, including changes in the business climate and future trends. The event provides a unique opportunity for networking and discussion among industry leaders, members of the business community, faculty and students.

Executive Speaker Series University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business

March 19, 2020

Successful Change Management: the Human Element

Even the most profitable organization must eventually face change. The most common error made by an executive is to assume that their argument for change is so compelling that employees will accept their vision. However, only 22 percent of employees believe that executives present a clear direction of a change. With resistance, organizational change will cost more time and capital than anticipated, ending in failure 70 percent of the time. Successful change management helps individuals, teams and organizations transition. While many believe that “organizations” inherently resist change, it is the individual employee that may protect the status quo.

The purpose of this panel is to discuss the elements for successful change management, focusing on an organization’s employees. Some basic topic questions may include: How do we successfully manage individuals, teams and organizations through a change? What are the steps of a successful change? What are the most common causes of failure? How do we create a collaborative environment for change? And how do we get the individual to buy into the change?

Matt Friedman, Founding Partner, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
Shaz Khan, Senior Partner, Deloitte LLP
Wim Van Acker, Senior Client Partner, Holden Richardson
Dan Wakeman, President/CEO, St. Luke’s Hospital

Dr. Brian Patrick Green, Czarnecki Collegiate Professor, UM-Dearborn College of Business

7:30 am - Registration and networking
8:10 am - Welcome and panel discussion
9:30 am - Conclusion

Michigan Room, Fairlane Center South (Visitors parking is located at FCN Building)
University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Business
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

Free registration.

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