Simulation | 2010

Change Management Simulation: Power and Influence

by Linda A. Hill and William Q. Judge

Abstract

In this single-player simulation, students play one of two roles at a sunglass manufacturing firm and face the challenges associated with implementing an organization-wide environmental sustainability initiative. The initiative seeks to change raw material inputs in order to make the company's products more "green," and also to address environmental waste issues. The simulation includes up to four scenarios with different combinations of two important factors for creating change: the relative power of the change agent and the relative urgency associated with the change initiative. In each scenario, students choose among different change levers in an attempt to persuade key members of the organization to adopt the change initiative. Students are assessed on their ability to achieve the greatest percentage of adopters within the company while simultaneously using the fewest resources. Appropriate for use in undergraduate, graduate and executive business programs.

Keywords: Change Management; Power and Influence; Problems and Challenges; Environmental Sustainability; Production; Wastes and Waste Processing; Adoption;

Citation:

Hill, Linda A., and William Q. Judge. "Change Management Simulation: Power and Influence." Simulation and Teaching Note. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Publishing, 2010. Electronic.