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About the Course

What does it mean to truly change something? How does one persuade others to change? How do we reduce roadblocks to change? In this course, you’ll learn about the barriers to change and how to become more effective in inspiring change within others and your organization. Professor Jonah Berger of the Wharton School has designed this course to help you understand the REDUCE framework, and shows you how to develop your skills of persuasion and influence. By the end of this course, you’ll know both the strengths and weaknesses of certain strategies for removing barriers in change, plus you'll learn how to leverage those strategies to achieve change in both business and in life....

Top reviews


Feb 10, 2024

an absolute must! concise, yet powerful. The framework presented is clear, simple, and incredibly useful. On top of that, the content is delivered enjoyably and practically. I totally recommend it!


Sep 14, 2020

A great course on removing barriers to change and Professor Jonah Berger has an engaging way of delivering the course content. Unfortunately there are only two courses on here by Professor Berger.

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By Kristian H

Aug 26, 2020

Thank you, Professor Berger, for this absolutely brilliant course. Concise and very insightful. Why do people prefer to stick to the status quo and look for excuses to do so? Why do smokers usually ignore health messages but something changes if they have to explain the risks of smoking to someone else? If you want to know the answers to these and other fascinating questions, understand (oftentimes irrational!) human behaviour, and drive change, then this is simply a must.

By Dena C

May 26, 2021


I began this course not very enthused about the topic as my thinking was how good could a canned lecture be as well as the overall topic didn't really sound all that exciting. I took the course because I am interested in the broader topic of change and was desiring to learn more but again, I started out with a negative attitude. I would like to say that this is one of the VERY best classes I have taken in my academic career. I have an MBA and the most interesting classes to me in graduate school were those that utilized a full array of presentation methods from PowerPoints to video and this class does exactly that.

The content was excellent, the real world examples made application of the material very easy to understand, the research data served to bolster the concept and the Professor was absolutely outstanding. His ability to deliver what was basically a speech with each section was second to none. He had amazing inflection and tone, facial expression, etc. I was blown away by the depth of the content as every piece of it could be utilized immediately. I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in becoming better equipped to handle change within their environment. You will not be disappointed. In fact, you may end up being like me, looking forward to each session, which in my book, is the highest possible recommendation that can be made.

By Adelle J

Mar 6, 2021

this course was very insightful, giving me new perspective on how to tackle problems , how to recognise those problems, how to change those negative problems to positive

By Sean D

Jan 4, 2021

Nice, shortened lecture version of Jonah Berger's book, Catalyst. It's good if you're looking for a potentially faster summary of his book, but was lacking in rigor.

By Gareth B

Sep 15, 2020

A great course on removing barriers to change and Professor Jonah Berger has an engaging way of delivering the course content. Unfortunately there are only two courses on here by Professor Berger.

By Natalie K

Aug 18, 2020

Great course! I learned a lot that is applicable in my everyday work in sales and business development. I would recommend this course to anyone, even people that do not work in business.

By Marcel W

Aug 5, 2020

The course is amazing! I have learned a lot of new things and refreshed old ones. I have gained more insights than before! Can definitely recommend it!

By Adam K

Aug 6, 2020

Phenomenal! Concise but full of meat. Great content and greater delivery. A+++


May 25, 2021

One of the best courses I have completed. The Professor shows his depth of knowledge about the topic with very relatable examples which make learning synchronous!

By Samuel A D

Aug 29, 2020

Tema muy interesante! El material está bien desarrollado! Recomendable para todos!

By bhargav k

Aug 9, 2020

Good Content and informative course for change agent

By E F

Jul 26, 2020

Amazing course, great teacher

By Ankita

May 13, 2021


1. Clean and concise structure and presentation. You know what to expect in the coming weeks within the first few videos.

2. Professor Berger really knows his stuff.

3. Strategies put forth are concrete and well thought out. I learned a lot.

4. No time is wasted. It gets straight to the point.


1. I found this course in the Personal Development section. I was looking forward to a course that would help me change/remove certain roadblocks in my own life. What I did find, however, was a course about changing other people. For some of these strategies to work for me or someone looking to change themselves, it would require a lot of "post-course" effort to tailor them to be better suited/applicable for personal use.

2. Could've been more interactive. More quizzes, examples.

3. The pace was a bit fast at times. I found myself having to re-watch majority of the videos.

By Olia Q Z

Jan 25, 2021

This course can be retitled to "Removing Barriers to Change in Business Settings" to be more accurate. I like straightforwardness of the content and engaging examples. The length of each unit also makes it easy to continue.


Jan 16, 2023

The content of the course is truly great, I'd love to give it 5 stars but I think not including more excersies, other than the quizzes at the end of modules, is a missed opportunitty.

By Netconomy G B 7 / 7 A G A 6

Jul 14, 2021

Great course. Interesting insights. I would have loved to have a bit more depth and real life examples how to realize the REDUCE framework and how to combine different methods.

By Chua S B

Nov 17, 2020

Appreciate the introduction of a framework to look at the barriers to change and also ways to remove these barriers. Also love the many examples provided.

By Fatih A

May 24, 2022

Change management is not only a professional practice but a big curiosity for me. This course answered many questions that I had in my mind on understanding and removing the barriers. It also showed me where I potentially made mistakes during my career, so I learnt from them. As mentioned in the last module, this is a great source for politicians, change practitioners, partners, parents or corporates to understand barriers better and build their strategies to make successful change. 

By Deborah K

Jul 5, 2022

Very interesting examples and applications to the concepts of what is needed to make changes. It depends on the circumstances and what you are trying to change as to what you need to do to make a difference rather than just dictating the change and making employees follow in your footsteps. I have read a book by Jonah Berger and appreciated that he was teaching the class. He did a great job!

By Robin S

Mar 22, 2021

This was a great course in the sense that it helped me frame common workplace challenges in more productive ways of assessing issues and strategizing solutions. Nothing here necessarily represents new or innovative thinking, but it does represent a level of deeper thinking that will help practitioners improve how they engage with others to support change (which is CONSTANT). Great course!

By Dr. Z S

Nov 21, 2020

Prof Jonah Berger is an amazing instructor. He provides theories and then backs them up with excellent examples. I believe that this form of applied learning increases insight and understanding. I would readily take another course with him. I encourage people to take this course and purchase his books.

Thank you,

Dr. Zina Suissa, PCC, CTPC, Tedx Speaker

By Girlie L

Apr 29, 2022

Excellent presentation. Very comprehensive and crisp. It certainly is a big help for people like me; novice change agent. Thank you for this course.

Excellent Professor, too! Very articulate, very expressive, and very considerate for others like me. Giving examples really helped a lot to understand the various concepts.

By Gladstone M F

Apr 26, 2023

Excellent course. Engaging material presented well. Scientific studies to backup up material presented. Interesting video examples. One of the best 5 hour courses I have taken on Coursera.

I highly recommend everyone take this course. The methodologies explained are useful in both your personal and professional life.

By Pauline I

Feb 18, 2022

I absolutely loved this course. Excellent delivery and all the information needed to be a change catalyst. I am super excited for what the future holds for me. Thank you, Thank you for this course. I highly recommend this course for anyone in the Change Management profession.

By Betel T

Nov 15, 2020

This was the best course I took from Coursera. I wish Professor Jonha offers other courses on change management. He is an excellent professor. He is generous for sharing the course materials with students. I hope Coursera will invite Professor Jonha to conduct other courses.