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Destination 2030

The Need for Transformation Architects
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Delivered May 24, 2023
Presented by Edward Inch, PhD, Minnesota State University – Mankato | Lynn Akey, PhD, Minnesota State University – Mankato | Linda Baer, PhD, Strategic Initiatives and Minnesota State University – Mankato

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Minnesota State University-Mankato

This is part two of a three-part webinar series exploring the critical elements for successful organizational transformation.

To thrive in the future, leaders and planners must understand the trends, accelerators, and disruptive factors governing the success of their institutions. They also need to develop significantly different mindsets, behaviors, processes, skills, tools and outcomes to thrive in the future.

This webinar will explain how to make these jump shifts that are necessary to move from traditional planner to transformation architect. Focus will be on a case study using Minnesota State University - Mankato. Building on campus-based examples, presenters will describe the significant leading role that planners can play as transformation architects in the future planning process. Discussion will include how the campus work paralleled the eight-step transformation process presented in the book Transforming in Turbulent Times and the significant supporting role that planner’s play as transformation architects in each step of the process.

As part of their registration, participants will be directed to resources in our online Body of Knowledge having specific applicability to the topic of this webinar.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Develop an understanding of the dynamics of trends, accelerators, and disruptors in planning for the future.
  2. Learn the jump shifts required of a traditional planner to become a “transformation architect.”
  3. Understand the organizational roles the transformation architect needs to play in times of accelerated change, disruptive challenges, and constrained resources.
  4. Incorporate lessons learned about the transformation architect role from the case study provided by Minnesota State University - Mankato based on insights from the president and VP for student success, analytics, and integrated planning.


Edward Inch, PhD, President, Minnesota State University – Mankato
Lynn Akey, PhD, Vice President for Student Success, Analytics and Integrated Planning, Minnesota State University – Mankato
Linda Baer, PhD, Senior Consultant and Principal, Strategic Initiatives; College of Business, Minnesota State University – Mankato

Recorded May 24, 2023.

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