Leading Systemic Change

  • Systems thinkers will be the more successful leaders

    This two day course prepares managers to be systems thinkers who gain consensus, deal with complexity, identify leverage points, and make lasting improvements.

    Reach a higher level with breaking leadership skills.

Systems Thinkers Excel

When it's not just you
who needs to change

Your firm is part of a broader business system of suppliers, customers, partners, and stakeholders.  Your unit can be helped — or hindered — by those upon whom you depend.  Yet your performance depends on your ability to manage it all, especially in times of major change.  Learn the five capabilities that increase the overall effectiveness and impact of your change efforts.

Five Capabilities

To maximize learning impact, Leading Innovation is particularly valuable for participation by teams of innovation leaders. Please contact us for team discounts.

1.  Promoting enterprise awareness 

2.  Installing innovation sets

3.  Balancing push and pull changes 

4.  Seeking growth

5.  Distribution leadership

Managers face multiple challenges when they implement changes to improve their organizations.  The challenges become even more daunting when managers realize that their organization's performance depends as much on the workings of their suppliers, partners, and customers, as it does on their own operations.

Through our research we identified the skills and methods to execute change across organizations and came to a fundamental understanding for how managers can achieve the results they desire when also managing change within their own organization.

Leading Systemic Change is particularly valuable for teams within a company. Please contact us for team discounts.

Two Day Schedule

A sample schedule for the 2 day Managing Yourself and Leading Others program follows. Please note, this schedule is subject to change and a more detailed agenda will be presented to enrolled participants.

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George L. Roth, Ph.D.


George Roth

Dr. Roth is a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at UNH.  He was formerly responsible for the Enterprise Change Research Program in MIT's joint Sloan Management and Engineering School's Lean Advancement Initiative.  He is a faculty member of the Academy for Systemic Change, academyforchange.org.

Dr. Roth focuses on leadership, culture, learning, and change to develop and test theories and practices that advance managerial effectiveness in commercial and government organizations.

He recently published Systemic Change Management:  The Five Capabilities for Improving Enterprise

Previously Dr. Roth had been Executive Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance – an alliance emphasizing learning and knowledge creation activities in engineering research, education and environmental policy, and Research Director for the MIT Center for Organizational Learning – a consortium of companies developing and applying systems thinking methods and organizational learning skills to improve corporations and their people.

Dr. Roth collaborated with Peter M. Senge on The Dance of Change: The challenges to sustaining momentum in a learning organization (shown below).  The Journal of Business Strategy named Senge one of the 24 people who has had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.


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We also welcome your phone calls and emails.

email:  exec.ed@unh.edu
phone:  603-862-5203

Who should attend?

· Change Agents

· Anyone attempting systemic change

· Leaders in big or small businesses with interconnected operating networks

· Five or more years of progressive management experience

· Suppliers, partners, and customers who want to be included in external change efforts that affect them


While it might seem ancillary to help other organizations, we found what we call a "systemic" approach to change as essential to achieving, and more importantly, sustaining high performance. Systemic change involves efforts by companies to change not only themselves but the system of which they are a part.


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Primary Objectives

Today’s businesses no longer have clear boarders between supplier, customer, consultants, vendors and others.  Here is a new, holistic approach for successful implementation of the “enterprise change” of interconnected units.

Each of five change capabilities individually provide some benefits, and all five capabilities when used collectively create a synergy that increases the overall effectiveness and impact of your change efforts.


· Learn a new approach for improving your organization’s health and performance during change

· Learn how to influence the operations of outside units

· Learn to create an enterprise systems view

· Use change as a basis for improvements across sets of organizations

· Increase the overall effectiveness and impact of your change efforts

Managers do not suffer from a lack of ideas, approaches, frameworks, or methods to bring about change, but there is an absence of theories that actually work reliably and consistently.


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Press Release

UNH Paul College Launches Custom Program to Help Businesses Improve and Sustain Organizational Performance




DURHAM, N.H. – Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire announces a new two-day executive development program, Leading Systemic Change, to be offered as a custom program on demand.


This program will be presented by Dr. George L. Roth, a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics, as well as the author of the recently published book, Systemic Change Management: The Five Capabilities for Improving Enterprises.


The program gathers leaders in both small and large businesses, as well as non-profits, education, and government, who are looking to bring systemic change to the interconnected networks within their organizations.  The programs builds upon planned change approaches by integrating them with organizational learning processes and capability-building methods for developing and improving organizations, and the systems or sets of companies within which they operate. 


It is an essential program for those whose firms are part of a broader system of suppliers, and it is particularly valuable for teams of innovation leaders within an organization. Leaders in smaller enterprises who want to be included in the change efforts of the larger organizations they supply will also benefit greatly from this program.


“If you want to change a system,” Dr. Roth said, “you have to create a system of change. Clear borders no longer exist between suppliers, customers, and companies, making it vital that change occurs harmoniously between all systems.”


Attendees will learn new approaches for improving organizational performance during periods of transition, as well as how to use change as a basis for improvements across sets of organizations.


Dan McCarthy, Director of Executive Development Programs at Paul College, said that clients have been asking for programs on systemic change. “The talent at Paul College is incredible,” McCarthy said. “Our executive development programs draw directly from that talent. Dr. Roth’s newly published research is just what the business community is looking for. Students have a very rich opportunity to learn through the case studies that contributed to Dr. Roth’s research.”


In addition to planned change and organizational learning, attendees will learn the five capabilities that increase the overall effectiveness and impact of change efforts in enterprises:

Promoting enterprise awareness
Installing innovation sets
Balancing push and pull changes
Seeking growth
Distribution leadership.  


Dr. Roth is a faculty member for the Academy for Systemic Change, research member of the Society for Organizational Learning, and research staff at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Formerly, he lead enterprise change research for the MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative, served as the Executive Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance (a coalition emphasizing learning and knowledge, creating activities in engineering research, and education and environmental policy), and research director for the MIT Center for Organizational Learning.


Roth points out that many organizations base change on the idea that the “ends justify the means.” However, he argues such an approach is short-sighted.


“In my experience,” he said, “the means determine the ends.”


Those interested in hosting the Leading Systemic Change program or any of the executive development programs offered by Paul College should contact Dan McCarthy, director, at 603-862-3311 or email Daniel.McCarthy@unh.edu.

The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics offers a full complement of high-quality programs in business, economics, accounting, finance, information systems and business analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing, and hospitality management at UNH. Programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive development levels. The college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. For more information, visit paulcollege.unh.edu.


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