John Paul Kotter

Karl Moore and Alexandra Klein

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199585762
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

John Paul Kotter

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John Kotter is perhaps the most authoritative figure in change leadership and change management. The best known of his work is dedicated to identifying, understanding, and enhancing the factors leading to the success of significant organizational change, and also recognizing the most important problems that impede successful transformation. Kotter has also made considerable contributions to our understanding of leadership in general. He has accomplished this work as a scholar at the Harvard Business School. The impact of his research on peers, students, and business executives earned him the distinction of being America’s foremost ‘leadership guru’, according to a Business Week 2001 survey of 504 enterprises. In 2009, at the age of 62, Kotter was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society for Training and Development. This article reviews some of his most central publications/contributions.

Keywords: change leadership; change management; Harvard Business School; John Kotter; organizational change

Article.  5512 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business History

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