Change Management

Change Management

Change initiatives often cost more, take longer and achieve less than originally intended. This programme trains managers to lead change successfully by providing the theoretical background and the practical know-how to transparently plan, implement and evaluate complex change processes.

Leading change successfully

There is a nearly constant pressure to change. Organisations are restructuring, priorities are changing, and new products and services need to be developed. Having a workforce able to adjust to uncertain environments can give your organisation the edge. Effective leadership can help manage such uncertainty and facilitate staff to adapt to change.

This workshop, led by change experts at RSM Executive Education, offers you a hands-on knowledge on how to plan, implement, manage and evaluate complex change processes. It provides practical tools and theoretical foundations, as well as a forum for you to share and learn best practices with fellow participants.

Learning objectives

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • plan and manage change realistically
  • identify, and know how to deal with, diverse stakeholders
  • implement strategies to deal with resistance
  • understand and create change management models
  • apply change management tools to your organisation
  • plan for systematic evaluation of change
  • execute a concrete plan for a change management process in your own organisation.
  • Middle and senior managers who are involved in driving innovation and leading change. Anyone who manages process improvement initiatives that require effective organisation, change and communication to succeed will also find this course useful. It will boost your change management and leadership skills.

  • Here’s what previous participants say about RSM's four-day Change Management programme:

    “I like how RSM focuses on people; they are key for success when dealing with change. I wanted to learn skills to adapt to a fast and continuous developing industry. With the knowledge I gained at RSM, I can help my team to deal with changes, reduce the resistance to it and actually engage them to the objective of the transformation. The diverse group of participants made it an interactive programme which helped understand human behaviour in a change environment. We learned tools to engage with people who have a big impact on change, including stakeholders, specialists and people working in middle management. We really learned to look at the full picture to create success as change agents.”
    Manuel Hernandez Fernandez, senior fund consultant, ABN AMRO Private Banking

  • During the Change Management Programme you will learn from Prof. Gabriele Jacobs, Prof. Petra Saskia Bayerl and Dr Marja Flory. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

    Prof. Gabriele Jacobs
    Gabriele Jacobs is professor of organisational behaviour and culture at RSM, researching the management of change in the private and public sector. She is academic director of RSM’s Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management, which delivers top-level multidisciplinary research, and is involved in EU studies on international security management. Gabriele obtained her PhD from the University of Münster, and worked at HEC Paris and the University of Cologne. She publishes in international academic and practitioner publications, and regularly presents her work to international experts. She has more than 25 years’ experience of teaching students and executives in the domains of business, health and security.

    Prof. Petra Saskia Bayerl
    Saskia Bayerl is professor of digital communication and security at the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Before joining CENTRIC she was co-director of RSM’s Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management. She speaks at police and security conferences, has extensive teaching experience, and is a member of advisory and ethic boards of EU projects. She also co-edits books, including Big Data for National SecurityOpen Source Intelligence, Community Policing and Cyber-Kriminologie. She holds master degrees in psychology, linguistics and organisational dynamics, and a PhD from Delft University of Technology.

    Dr Marja Flory
    Marja Flory is a senior lecturer in organisation theories and change, storytelling and cross-cultural management at RSM. She is also the academic director of the MSc Organisational Change & Consulting. Marja has delivered courses and lectures at HEC Paris, ESADE Barcelona, and the University of Essex in the UK. She has provided consultancy services to national and international organisations for team building, organisational culture and change, and has led courses on influencing and leadership skills. She has coached managers for more than 30 years. Her current research interests include storytelling, artful leadership and reflexive methodology.

  • Dates

    5 - 7 October 2020 > Apply now


    € 3,200 (excl 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.

    General terms and conditions

    Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.


    The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

    Hotel accommodation

    We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

  • The programme Change Management runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register: