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Essentials of Leading Change (online)

Essentials of Leading Change is a cost-effective and flexible online course to develop skills for leading and implementing strategic change in projects in a global context.

Change management has become the backbone of general management and the essence of what makes great leaders succeed. The Essentials of Leading Change course focuses on a systems-level perspective of change and shifts between structural, cultural, and individual levels.

The course aims to explore how individuals behave when confronted with change, understand how to influence these behaviors in the best way, and see the change in all its different shapes and sizes.

By participating in this online course, you will learn about the key issues that experts and management need to understand, the differences between change and transition, and what it takes to maintain the balance between these from a leadership perspective.

During the course, you will be able to

  • gain insight into the key phenomena of change and resistance to change
  • learn to apply practical tools and frameworks for planning and preparing for change and for implementing it in a sustainable way
  • identify ingredients and insights for building changeability
  • acquire new tools and perspectives for leading yourself, others, and organizations through change.

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By completing the course, the participant will get
an Aalto EE Essentials of Leading Change certificate worth 0.5 ECTS.

Video lectures

Online exercises to check your mastery of each theme

Your own schedule and pace

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The course provides a cost-effective and flexible way of developing strategic skills for leading and implementing strategic change projects.

Gain an understanding of different approaches and change processes
Strengthen your ability to adopt new methods to deal with change
Receive tools to lead people through difficult changes in a constructive way by learning to manage perceptions and outcomes related to change


This online course is designed for experienced managers and business leaders who need leadership skills in managing change across functions in a global context.

Contents and Schedule

This online course is structured into six modules that take approximately eight (8) hours to complete depending on your speed and preferred study style. The modules consist of interactive video lectures, reflection tasks, and practical assignments covering leading change from different perspectives.

The videos are accompanied by interactive questions to check your knowledge along the way, further reading material, and prompts for reflection. The online course includes a Workbook to help you use the course templates and frameworks on a business challenge in your organization.


The Course Workbook

The Essentials of Leading Change Workbook contains a series of reflection questions and assignments. It will help you understand this course's content better and allows you to start putting the tools and frameworks into use right away.

You will find a total of 15 assignments in this course workbook that we hope you complete in parallel with the course modules.

To expand your knowledge and understanding of change management practices, we encourage you to start implementing the change management tools on your company's topical challenge by employing the workbook.


Pekka Mattila

Dr. Pekka Mattila is a specialist in strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing. 

Dr. Mattila works frequently with European, Asian and North American as well as African executive audiences and is a much-requested speaker at corporate and other events around the world. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behavior, marketing, and sociology. 

In addition to his academic activities Dr. Mattila has conducted an active business career. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies: e.g. media, construction technology, payments, lighting as well as food and beverage industries. Previously he served in executive, management and senior staff positions in the Nordic financial services industry. From 2012 till 2014 he served as a board member at a leading Finnish bank. Currently he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery. From 2009 till 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Board for the foundation operating the renowned Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of Nordic Institute of Business and Society and the Chairman of the Board for Helsinki Advanced Interaction Studies Institute. 

Dr. Pekka Mattila is the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto EE and serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. He holds a D.Sc. in sociology from the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA at London Business School. 


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