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Change Management CESA 5800

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This is an introduction to organizational behaviour and change management concepts, including group effects, motivators, and communication techniques, that can be used to facilitate organizational change, with a focus on energy management. ​John P. Kotter's eight-stage process to leading successful change is examined, along with the eight errors that are common to unsuccessful change efforts. Kotter's framework is further explored through the fable Our Iceberg Is Melting, which he co-wrote with Holger Rathgeber. Doug McKenzie-Mohr's community-based social marketing principles to foster sustainable behaviour change are probed and then applied to the development of a comprehensive behavioural change campaign on the topic of energy conservation or waste reduction. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.




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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe and apply Kotter's theory on the eight steps of successful change, including why organizations frequently fail at their attempts to change.
  • Identify the purpose of social marketing and ways it can be applied to energy management.
  • Describe and apply the concepts, components and approaches used to develop social marketing programs, such as surveys to identify barriers and benefits, pilot programs to test and refine behaviour change campaigns, and evaluation to measure/verify results.
  • Explain the impact of power and politics in the workplace and how it influences the work of an energy manager.
  • Integrate appropriate concepts to facilitate organizational change, including developing a project charter, making a persuasive presentation, and debriefing a project.
  • Research and develop a social marketing strategy that influences a behaviour change (e.g., reducing energy use, improving energy efficiency, increasing electrification, etc.) and that applies McKenzie-Mohr's Community-Based Social Marketing framework.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Change Management (CESA 5800) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Controls & Energy Management
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Sustainable Energy Management
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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