A new book by two instructors in the SESP Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program examines what leaders who think strategically do differently. Aaron Olson (MS98) and B. K. Simerson say their book Leading with Strategic Thinking is based on their teaching at Northwestern, 35 years of consulting experience and a study of more than 300 leaders.
Mergers and acquisitions involve complex organizational changes and have been reported to have failure rates of anywhere from 50% to 75%. Though financial and economic issues contribute to the high failure rates, some research has developed around the human factors associated with the failures of mergers and acquisitions. Yet few studies exist on what could be done to make M&As more successful. This study explored factors that have a positive impact on the success of mergers and aquisitions. Results from this study support the existence of a positive correlation between resilience and commitment, and suggest that organizations seek out ways to foster resiliency in employees as a part of the M&A implementation.
MS Learning and Organizational Change students and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance in their careers by leveraging the strong MSLOC network, MSLOC career services and the leadership and strategic thinking skills developed during their time in the program.
Congratulations to members of the MSLOC community who are on the move:
Jesse Newton (MSLOC 2011), Managing Director and Founder of NOD Consulting Network LLC
Brad Becker (MSLOC 2011), CEO and Co-Founder of doc&i
Margaret (Peggy) Troyer (MSLOC 2013), Human Resources Consultant at Northwestern Mutual
Will Leahy (MSLOC Student), Consultant, Customer Success, Talent Solutions at LinkedIn
Cathy Barrera (MSLOC Student), Director of Research Administration at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science