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Names & Locations of the Change Management Office

December 11, 2023

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Names & Locations of the Change Management Office (CMO)


A Change Management Office (CMO) can be referred to by various names, each emphasizing different aspects of its role and function within an organization. Some common names and variations include:

  1. Change Management Office (CMO): The standard and widely recognized term for an office dedicated to change management.

  2. Change Management Center of Excellence (CoE): Emphasizes the idea that the office is a hub of expertise and best practices in change management.

  3. Change Management Community of Practice (CoP): Highlights the collaborative and knowledge-sharing aspect of the office, where practitioners come together to exchange ideas and experiences.

  4. Change Management Team: A straightforward name emphasizing the collective effort of individuals working on Change Management initiatives.

  5. Change Management Unit: Signifies the specialized unit within the organization responsible for managing change efforts.

  6. Change Management Department: In larger organizations, Change Management may warrant a dedicated department with multiple teams and functions.

  7. Change Management Division: Similar to a department, a division signifies a higher level of organizational structure and separation of responsibilities.

  8. Change Management Bureau: Less commonly used, but denotes a specialized and focused entity within the organization.

  9. Change Management Hub: Suggests that the office serves as a central point for all change-related activities.

  10. Organizational Change Office: A broader term encompassing various aspects of organizational change beyond just managing projects.

  11. Transformation Management Office: Emphasizes the role of the office in managing transformative changes within the organization.

  12. Change Enablement Office: Focuses on enabling and facilitating change across the organization.

  13. Change Leadership Office: Highlights the role of the office in providing leadership and guidance during change initiatives.


These names may vary in usage and connotations, but they all refer to an entity or group within an organization dedicated to managing and facilitating change. The choice of name often reflects the organization's culture, terminology, and the specific objectives of the Change Management function. Other titles may also incorporate words related to change, such as transition, improvement, strategy, transformation, execution, or excellence, to further specify their focus and purpose.


Now where are these CMOs located?

Determining the optimal location for a Change Management Office (CMO) or functional group within an organization is a critical decision that can significantly impact its effectiveness. This decision should be informed by several factors, including the organization's culture, structure, goals, and the specific role of the CMO. 

Here are key considerations when deciding where the CMO should reside:

  1. Roles and Responsibilities: Before choosing the location, define the roles and responsibilities of the CMO. What functions will it perform, and how will it support Change Management initiatives? This clarity is essential for aligning the CMO's placement with its intended functions.

  2. Centralized vs. Decentralized: Determine whether the CMO should be centralized, decentralized, or follow a hybrid model. The choice depends on the organization's culture, geographic distribution, need for standardization, and existing variation in maturity.

  3. Alignment with Strategy: Align the placement of the CMO with the organization's overall strategy. Consider whether it should integrate with existing strategic functions, transformation efforts, or project management structures.

  4. Culture and Change Maturity: Assess the organization's culture and change maturity level. Some locations may be better suited to fostering a culture of change and facilitating maturity growth.

  5. Sponsorship and Resources: Identify where sponsorship and resources (e.g., personnel) for Change Management currently reside within the organization. Ensure that the CMO's placement aligns with these existing resources.

  6. Consultation with Stakeholders: Involve key stakeholders, including leaders and practitioners, in the decision-making process. Their input can provide valuable insights into the most suitable location for the CMO.

  7. Learning from Others: Research and learn from other organizations' experiences. While there is no universal "best" location, understanding both successful and unsuccessful cases can guide your decision.

  8. Change Readiness: Consider the organization's readiness for change in the chosen location. Will employees and leaders readily accept the CMO's role and contributions?

  9. Long-Term Sustainability: Focus on the long-term sustainability of the CMO. Ensure that its location supports its ability to adapt, evolve, and remain relevant as the organization changes.

  10. Measurement and Evaluation: Establish metrics to evaluate the CMO's performance and impact in its chosen location. Regularly assess its effectiveness and make adjustments as needed.


In summary, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to where a CMO should be located within an organization. The decision should be based on a thorough assessment of the organization's unique context and needs. 

By carefully considering the factors mentioned above and involving key stakeholders, you can make an informed choice that maximizes the CMO's contribution to successful change initiatives.

To learn more on standing up a Change Management Office, contact your ProClipse Consulting Strategic Advisor.Top ofBottom of For

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