ANU Transformational Leadership Program

Transformational management

Length: 14 days over 9 months

Application deadline: 29 September 2017

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Are you a change leader eager to grow in your career, take on greater change management opportunities, and to be recognised as a transformational leader?

The ANU Transformational Leadership Program delivered by ANU’s Research School of Management has been designed by leading international scholars in the fields of organisational behaviour, change management, and project management to give you the confidence and skills to stretch yourself beyond your current boundaries, and to help you become one of Australia’s leading agents for transformational change.

Leading transformation is a rapidly evolving field. To unlock future opportunities and transform existing organisations, change leaders must be able to contend with:

  • A volatile and rapidly changing macroeconomic environment
  • Unprecendented technological disruption
  • Legacy systems and processes
  • Resistant organisational cultures

Developed in conjunction with the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association, the ANU Transformational Leadership Program has been built around the ANU’s unique evidence-based approach to management capability development. The aim is to ensure that participants have the skills and knowledge to solve today’s change problems, and the capabilities to collect and synthesize the best-available evidence to respond to future transformational challenges.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Provide pragmatic evidence-based Board-level advice to maximise the benefits and minimise the distress associated with fundamental transformations;
  • Design and lead complex transformations using cutting edge theory, tools and models to effect change in complex organisations;
  • Effect culture change in support of transformation and sustainable agility; and
  • Establish effective governance structures and controls in support of change initiatives.

Participants will be given the skills to reach their full potential and become part of an elite group of Transformational advisors to large and small companies, government instrumentalities and rapid growth emerging enterprises.

Adam Salzer OAM
Australian Transformation & Turnaround Association

Who is it for?

The ANU Transformational Leadership Program has been designed as a post-MBA program. Participants are expected to be leaders with significant experience in leading or advising on fundamental change, and who want to increase their expertise in leading complex transformation programs.  The program is particularly suitable for those involved with or impacted by:

  • Disruptors: Extremely rapid growth and expansion
  • Transformation and Turnaround: Changes in core business models and complex mergers and acquisitions
  • Disrupted: Organisational, human and social impact of disruption.

Why choose the Australian National University?

  • Ranked #1 university in Australia and 22 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17)
  • Ranked #1 university in Australia and 26 in the world for International Outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017)
  • Ranked #1 university in Australia with 15 of 36 subjects in the top 25 globally (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016/17)
  • Ranked #1 university in Australia and 36 in the world for Business & Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Equal #1 in Australia for “Business & Management” and 18th university in the World for Social Science and Management (Australian Government Excellence in Research for Australia Report 2015, QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2016)
  • Awarded the maximum 5-star rating for student demand, staff qualifications and staff-student ratio (Good Universities Guide 2017)

AusTTA Fellow of Transformation Management

Partcipants completing the ANU Transformational Leadership Program will be eligible to apply for recognition as an AusTTA Fellow of Transformational Management. This fellowship is intended to recognise leading transformational professionals in Australia.

For details on the AusTTA Fellow in Transformation Management, please contact Adam Salzer

Program content

The ANU Transformational Leadership Program is delivered over four modules, each building on the one before. The program will spotlight transformational challenges in real-world public, private, and start-up organisations. Over the course of the program, participants will develop and then recommend approaches and frameworks for effecting transformational change in these organisations. Participants will also work through transformational challenges faced in their own organisations.

The program is also built on the ANU’s unique evidence-based approach to education. This approach is depicted in the ANU Evidence-Based Management Capabilities Framework (see figure below).

Using this framework, the program will provide participants with a range of functional capabilities (located around the outside of the cube). These capabilities will enable participants to more effectively gather and interpret different sources of evidence relating to transformational change. However, the real value of the ANU evidence-based approach lies in the layers within the cube.Most executive education programs focus on knowledge transfer, with little if any consideration given to skill development and higher-order critical and analytical thinking. The ANU Transformational Leadership Program is different. In addition to presenting participants with the latest thinking on transformation and change, we will work with participants to help them to become better leaders by helping to understand and address their own personal constraints and biases.


Program structure

The ANU Transformational Leadership Program consistis of four on-campus modules that will run over nine months (November 2017 to July 2018) including off-campus group development of solutions to actual complex transformation challenges.

Launch event

8 September 2017

If you are interested in learning more, please attend our Program Launch event at the Australian National University. You will have the opportunity to network with faculty and interested participants, get a deeper insight into the content of the program and ask any questions that you may have.

Please note that seating is limited so to reserve a place please register interest for the launch event by emailing Please provide, name, job title and organisation in your email.

Module 1: Planning for change

16-19 November 2017

This module will focus on giving participants the skills to effectively plan for complex transformational programs.

Module 2: Implementing complex change programs

8-11 February 2018

This module will focus on the key challenges associated with implementing complex change initiatives.

Module 3: Sustaining change

17-20 May 2018

This module will focus on the key challenges associated with maintaining trajectory during the transformation process.

Module 4: Alignment and celebration

14-15 July 2018

The final module will focus on developing high-level advocacy skills.


The 14 day program is delivered at the Australian National University, Acton, Canberra, ACT 2601 and split across four modules.

Course fees

Fees can be paid either in a lump sum or split over four payments.

  • AU$14,500 for AusTTA members (4 payments of $3,625 prior to each Module)
  • AU$16,000 for non AusTTA members (4 payments of $4,000 prior to each Module)

Fees include all program materials (pre-program, on-site and post-program), 14 program days delivered by world leading academics and practitioners, and lunch and refreshments during program hours.

How to apply

Places in the ANU Transformational Leadership Program will be limited. Applications for entry to the program will be merit-based, with an emphasis on relevant experience. Please apply using the online application form. The application deadline for the 2017-18 program is COB Friday 29 September.


If you require any further information or have any specific enquiries, please contact one of the following program team members:

Logistical enquiries or
Program content enquiries
AusTTa or Fellowship enquiries

Length: 14 days over 9 months

Application deadline: 29 September 2017

Apply now


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