EGR 501 Engineering Leadership and Strategic Change

In the current business environment, an understanding of leadership and change management is essential to career success. The objective of this course is to provide practitioners in technical fields the knowledge to lead, align and transform the human element, individuals and teams, to achieve organizational performance excellence. The class includes both individual and collaborative (team) learning. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

An engineering, technical or scientific undergraduate degree is required.  

Prior job experience is helpful but not required.

You will need a web cam/microphone to participate in certain virtual team activities. More information below.

• Course Objectives

This course is designed to prepare students to lead strategic change projects and programs in an engineering or scientific work environment. Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • distinguish the technical and adaptive challenges of engineering leadership  
  • describe the conceptual frameworks for effective organizational change
  • apply the principles of system thinking to engineering organizations
  • analyze real-world change efforts in engineering organizations (business cases)
  • create effective virtual and international engineering teams
  • apply the required skills to be effective leaders and agents of change in their own engineering organizations

• Course Requirements

This course is not:

  1. a course requiring deep technical knowledge or mathematical calculations
  2. a purely academic or theoretical survey of traditional topics in Organizational Development or Human Resources

Your success in the class depends on a mix of learning from others and developing ideas and concepts of your own. The course requires learning from assigned readings, videos, group work, and team term project results. Students are expected to complete reading assignments (available on the course website) before viewing the twice-weekly posted videos.

When teams are assigned group work such as case studies or discussion questions, the teams will meet at a day and time agreed to by the team. We have the Blackboard Collaborate system available to us. NC State provides the software. You will need to provide a webcam and headset (earphones/microphone).
Team/group assignments (via virtual teams)
Term Field Study project
Analyses of case studies
Individual written assignments


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1000 total possible points

• Textbook

Leading Change, by John P. Kotter, Harvard Business School Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4221-8643-5. This costs less than $25.

There will also be readings from other books or business journals. These will be available from links on the course website and will be assigned no later than the prior class session.

• Webcam

There are several group activities that will require students to use web conferencing tools such as Blackboard Collaborate or Skype. You will need a webcam to participate in collaborative meetings. The inexpensive ones are adequate. You may already have one built into your computer or laptop. 

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click: (

• Instructor
  Myron Feinstein, NCSU Graduate Faculty and Lecturer
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

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