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Leading Strategic Change & Renewal

4 half-day sessions (Live Online)

TBC (Live Online)

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Boost your organisation’s competitiveness and profitability

The imperative for strategic change within an organisation can be triggered by a variety of factors, both internal and external to the organisation. This programme will help you design strategic renewal and change initiatives that will boost your organisation’s competitiveness and profitability. You will be able to assess how organisational cultures and structures can be both barriers and enablers of change. Critically, you will learn how to navigate your organisation to build the case for change, sell-in your plan and overcome objections and obstacles.

Strategic change is often necessary for organisations to maintain their competitive advantage. They can be driven by the deepening of an existing strategy, by diversification into new product categories, geographical expansion, growth initiatives, industry disruption or changing customer preferences. All these can demand substantial changes in a company’s relationships and capabilities and can quickly expose the limitations of an otherwise successful strategy.

Over the course of the programme, you will be given the opportunity to develop your own strategic change and renewal plan for your organisation.


Your learning journey

Module 1: Investigating strategic change and strategy

  • Investigate key scenarios of strategic change and renewal
  • Create a response strategy and outline the potential impact across the four capability dimensions
  • Prepare your strategic change and renewal plan for implementation.

Module 2: Evaluating culture and managing contradictions

  • Define your organisation’s culture in terms of the set of skills and habitual approaches to diverse problems
  • Take inventory of your cultural toolkit and repurpose elements to support your change and renewal plan
  • Apply the seven steps of issue selling to sell your ideas up the chain of command.

Module 3: Exploring renewal as a response to disruption

  • Investigate three scenarios of strategic change and renewal
  • Create a response strategy and outline the potential impact across the four capability dimensions
  • Prepare your strategic change and renewal plan for implementation.

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.


  • Introduce the ideas of strategic change and renewal
  • Investigate strategic change with the deepening of strategy
  • Understand whether cultures and structures are barriers to or enablers of change
  • Manage contradictions and issue selling
  • Investigate strategic renewal as a response to industry disruption
  • Learn how to develop your own strategic change and renewal plan
  • How to boost your organisation’s profitability and competitiveness through change initiatives
  • Looking at the key capabilities that will be affected from strategy change, the implication for these drivers and the critical tradeoffs
  • How to build a case for change, navigating risk, obstacles and objections
  • Understanding how your organisational cultures and structures either aid or inhibit change.

By the end of this programme, you will have:

  • Developed a strategic renewal plan that maps and explains the reconfiguration of resources and capabilities, key activities and processes
  • Benefitted from the interactivity: with discussions around real-life examples combined with practical exercises, small-group brainstorming and coaching
  • Addressed practical challenges with your own strategic change plan
  • Understood, and be able to articulate to others, when and why strategic change is needed.
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School’s global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Strategic change demands substantial changes to an organisation’s relationships and capabilities, and can highlight the flaws and limitations of an otherwise successful strategy. This programme will help you to design strategic change and renewal initiatives for your own organisation and gain buy-in from key stakeholders, which will help you maintain competitive advantage and boost your organisation’s profitability.
Professor Yasemin Kor, Academic Programme Director

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

The Academic Programme Director (APD) for the Leading Strategic Change & Renewal programme is Professor Yasemin Kor.

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Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.

Programme format

Professor Jaideep Prabhu teaches a Live Online programme.

Live Online

Our Live Online programmes bring Cambridge to you wherever you are, delivering the best aspects of a face-to-face learning experience here in Cambridge, into your office or home. Using technologies we are all now familiar with, you will take part in breakout groups with real time interaction between your peers and faculty. You will engage in realistic simulations or use software-enabled “sprint” design development. We also introduce guest speakers, live “Cambridge Union”-style debates and panels of experts and practitioners into the class.

Our Live Online programmes take place over a number of half-day sessions, run in the mornings (UK time).

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Who should attend?

  • Senior to mid-level leaders across all sectors tasked with the strategic direction of their organisation
  • Leaders looking to respond to industry change or to deepen their existing strategy
  • Strategy directors looking to increase their skills and capabilities
  • Business development managers and consulting directors from all industries
  • Those looking to increase their strategic thinking capabilities when considering organisational strategic change.

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I attended the Leading Strategic Change & Renewal programme when I was newly appointed as a Managing Partner. Legal markets are changing quickly and I needed to formulate a strategic response to the challenges of technology and market disruptors. Having time and space to think and share ideas with others who are experiencing similar challenges was invaluable. The course gave me some important tools, and the confidence, which have helped me in formulating a new strategy for my firm.
Malcolm Simpson, Managing Partner, Walker Morris LLP

Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 19 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

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Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Claire Wright

Business Development Director
Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)1223 330741
Mob: +44 (0)7548 708067

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£1,875 + VAT (Live Online)

Fees include instruction, materials, and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School’s Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Additional information

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £1,875 + 20% = £2,250

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated 25 August 2021)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated 25 August 2021)

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