Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Management (DMgt)

First Advisor

Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, PhD

Second Advisor

Dominick Volini, PhD

Third Advisor

Elena M. Pienkowski


This paper explores Change Management and Change Leadership theories in-depth, along with an analysis of how Diversity and Inclusion drivers play a significant role in how businesses can sustain successful transformations. In the past, experts focused on how change initiatives can help transform businesses on a macro level, regardless of employee factors. In most recent times, the world has evolved to include diversity and inclusion initiatives that will consider broader perspectives from communities who were once silent.

Historically, change management theories of yesteryear focused on how to execute change in a myriad of ways. Some theories were more tactical in approach, while others were more implicit and deliberate. As organizations (and the world overall) continue to evolve, there is a need to consider how change impacts the people's workforce and how we ensure that business transformation change is inclusive of diverse mindsets. Unfortunately, with the most recent tragedies of black and brown people worldwide, we have learned that a lot of talented voices are unceremoniously left out of the thought leadership conversation.

In today's climate, inclusive change is mandatory. Companies are investing heavily in I&D initiatives, intending to ensure that their talent model includes voices and thought leadership from varied demographics. With the tragic events of systemic racism being thrust onto the world's stage, organizations reacted thoughtfully, with hopes of being a part of a broader change to be inclusive to all. Additionally, the ever-changing demographics of the world have a demand for complex cross-functional experts who have operational model, business transformations, and diversity leadership expertise, which requires leaders to be invested in the complete cycle of organizational excellence.


A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership