Change Management Simulation

Power and Influence



$150 / seat

Simulation Overview

This single player simulation includes four scenarios for exploring different combinations of the relative power of the change agent, and the relative urgency of the change initiative. In each scenario, participants attempt to persuade key members of the organization to adopt a change initiative.


The Story

In this soft skill building business simulation, participants play one of two “change agents” - either a CEO or Director of Product Innovation - at a sunglasses manufacturing firm. They face the challenges associated with implementing an organization-wide environmental sustainability initiative. In each round of play, students choose among up to 18 change levers while attempting to move the organization’s management team along a four-step pathway of change awareness, interest, trial, and adoption. Participants are assessed on their ability to establish and maintain credibility and achieve the greatest percentage of adopters within the organization. The players have 96 simulated weeks to meet their goals.

Learning Focus

  • Understand the four stages of change management (change awareness, interest, trial, adoption)
  • Experiment with different strategies for effective change management
  • Explore power, influence, and resistance to change within an organizational setting

Topics Covered

  • Organizational Change
  • Working under Urgency and Authority
  • Maintaining Technical, Political, and Cultural Credibility
  • Managing resistance to Change
  • Environmental Sustainability

See How the Simulation is Played

This simulation comes with a Teaching Guidebook for the facilitator along with 1:1 training sessions, free trials, videos and more.


This simulation is by William Q. Judge, Linda A. Hill, Harvard Business School Publishing, and Forio

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