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Global Bank Establishes Change Management as Core Capability

Senior executives wanted a more purposeful and consistent approach for achieving return on key strategic investments. The solution? Executing changes in a more structured, standardized way.

Global Bank Establishes Change Management as Core Capability

Change practitioners certified

Formal change management groups

Employees better prepared for change


Large-scale changes at this international bank were accelerating. The company needed to establish change management as a core competency within its large, complex, diverse global organization.


  • Define an operating model and governance for change management
  • Align project and change management frameworks
  • Standardize change management across the business
  • Establish a change management learning curriculum

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Change can be managed in both formal and informal ways, each producing a different degree of success. Our experience, and a key driver of our success in this discipline, is the fact that we have implemented a structured and purposeful approach for managing the people risks associated with change. It enables consistency, repeatability and sustainability, all of which are important to long-term success.

— Director of Organizational Effectiveness

An international bank with over 80,000 employees and 16 million clients worldwide recognized an increased demand for organizational change management capability. The volume and pace of large-scale change drove the need for the bank to be more purposeful and more consistent at achieving a return on key strategic investments. Senior executives set a mandate to execute change in a more structured way. They commissioned an Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team to determine a plan and strategy.


Global Bank-Challeng

Partnership with Prosci

The OE team evaluated a number of leading methods to determine the appropriate methodology. The team ultimately chose to standardize the Prosci Methodology based on the merits of the methodology itself and on the alignment of Prosci’s approach with the organization’s business needs.

The methodology was attractive to the organization due to its pragmatic and replicable approach to managing change. They viewed the Prosci ADKAR® Model as simple and effective, with a practical toolkit that enabled practitioners across the business to be somewhat self-sufficient. The Prosci 3-Phase Process provided a clear, practical path to follow in the midst of complex changes. It aligned with the bank’s existing process-based capability frameworks for program and project management.

Prosci’s approach to partnering with clients also aligned with the bank’s operating model for change. Flexibility in the configuration of the solution and global availability of Prosci network resources enabled the OE team to customize how it scaled the roll-out of standard practice to its global organizations.


Global Bank-Solution

Designing the operating model

The first step the OE team took was to define an operating model to effectively scale change management across the bank’s global reach. The OE team created the following three internal groups to work in partnership:

  • A corporate Center of Excellence to own the change management methodology and capability build
  • A Change Management Federation, comprised of leaders and change experts across the business to drive the growth of change capability within their respective business functions
  • A Community of Practice to support practitioners, advocate for change management capabilities, and implement change best practices

Aligning frameworks

In a deliberate process that spanned 18 months, the OE Center of Excellence worked to align Prosci’s change approach with the mature program framework already in place at the bank. The group began by layering change methodology and activities next to their formal project methodology. They provided clarity about how change management fits into the structure of a project, including setting trigger points to initiate change work on large-impact projects and establishing clear ownership of specific roles and activities for change resources.

Building capability and competence

Through the Center of Excellence, the bank launched a robust change training curriculum that aligned with its change management operating model. The OE concurrently focused its training initiatives on building sponsorship among senior leaders and developing technical skills with those who would implement change across the Change Management Federation. Prosci trainers facilitated one-day leadership and executive sponsor programs with top leadership, and to date, the organization certified close to 500 change practitioners across the enterprise.

To build awareness and a common language across all levels of their geographically dispersed organization, the bank also customized role-specific programs tailored to managers, employees and business partners. They utilized electronic delivery channels to efficiently reach large numbers of individuals, and they adapted the Prosci content to integrate it into existing internal training structures.

Engaging the community of practice

The Center of Excellence established a virtual forum for members of the change Community of Practice to connect and engage with each other. The community leveraged the bank’s internal social media platform to collaborate on change topics and share internal practices around applying change management successfully. The one-stop shop to learn about change management and network with colleagues across the business proved popular among employees. The community also hosts regular online and in-person webinars and learning opportunities.

Capitalizing on strong sponsorship

The impact of advocates at the highest levels of leadership underpinned this journey of building a federated change management practice. The bank’s leadership initially identified the need for a consistent approach to manage change. They commissioned the capability build and laid it out as part of the bank’s imperatives for growth and sustainability. The commitment from C-level leaders reinforced the strategic importance of change management.


Global Bank-Results


This international bank’s story of an intentional change management capability build across a global enterprise has produced many of the outcomes that the OE Center of Excellence was originally commissioned to create. The organization today has a solid change management foundation and internal practice, including:

  • Elevated change capability with enhanced operating model for change management
  • Developed nearly 500 change practitioners and Community of Practice to drive best practices
  • Achieved higher levels of employee awareness and engagement during change, boosting outcomes

The journey to establish change management as a core capability continues to be strengthened given the dynamics and ever-changing environment within the industry.


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