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A change agent is an individual who makes a significant contribution to a program of change. The term is used to identify the realities of a program, project, strategy or policy independent of roles and responsibilities. In many cases, people resist change even if they are officially part of the team implementing the change. Change agents are those who are completing work or making the change happen. This can include contributions that far exceed the individual's authority or role in the organization. It is a common change management practice to identify, empower and reward change agents. The following are illustrative examples.


The official leaders of a project such as the project sponsor are disengaged. A project manager fills in this role and effectively leads the entire project.


A technical design delivered by a lead architect is inadequate and a developer emerges who fixes it.


A school board directs schools to place a strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking with guidelines such as prioritizing workshop activities in the curricula. Some teachers ignore this guideline while others run with it in a creative way.


A lead developer who works for a vendor ends up being the primary driving force behind a project when insiders are resistant to the change.
Overview: Change Agent
An individual who makes a significant contribution to a program of change.
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Agents Of Change
Anticipating Objections
Bias For Action
Big Bang Adoption
Business Change
Business Stakeholders
Business Transformation
Change Agent
Change Analysis
Change Characteristics
Change Drivers
Change Fatigue
Change Impact
Change Management
Change Plan
Change Planning
Change Principles
Change Process
Change Readiness
Change Resistance
Change Risk
Change Strategy
Choice Architecture
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Emergent Change
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Impact Analysis
Initial Excitement
Lessons Learned
Message Framing
Nudge Theory
Organizing Principle
Resistance To Change
Revenue Impact
Scope Creep
Status Quo
Turnaround Management
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