There are many change management acronyms used in theory and practice of organizational change, but here are some of the most commonly used ones.

  1. ACMP – Association of Change Management Professionals
  2. ADKAR – Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement
  3. AGILE – Adaptive Growth and Innovation in Leadership and Execution
  4. APQC – American Productivity & Quality Center
  5. APM – Application Performance Management
  6. APMG – Accrediting Professional Managers Globally
  7. BPMN – Business Process Model and Notation
  8. BPM – Business Process Management
  9. CCA – Certified Change Agent
  10. CCM – Certified Change Manager
  11. CCMP – Certified Change Management Professional 
  12. CMC – Certified Management Consultant
  13. CMCA – Certified Manager of Change in the Agile Enterprise
  14. CMP – Change Management Practitioner
  15. CBA – Cost-Benefit Analysis
  16. CCMP – Certified Change Management Professional
  17. CCMC – Change Management Communication and Collaboration
  18. CEB – Corporate Executive Board
  19. CI – Continuous Improvement
  20. CIO – Chief Information Officer
  21. CMII – Configuration Management II
  22. CMS – Content Management System
  23. COGS – Cost of Goods Sold
  24. CRM – Customer Relationship Management
  25. COBIT – Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology
  26. COPC – Customer Operations Performance Center
  27. COSO – Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission
  28. COTS – Commercial Off-The-Shelf
  29. CPQ – Configure Price Quote
  30. CRP – Conference Room Pilot
  31. CAGR – Compound Annual Growth Rate
  32. CSF – Critical Success Factor
  33. CTQ – Critical to Quality
  34. CFO – Cash Flow from Operations
  35. DD – Due Diligence
  36. DMAIC – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control.
  37. DMBOK – Data Management Body of Knowledge
  38. DSDM – Dynamic Systems Development Method
  39. DCF – Discounted Cash Flow
  40. EAP – Employee Assistance Program
  41. EAPM – Enterprise Application Performance Management
  42. ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  43. ECI – Employee Confidence Index
  44. ECM – Enterprise Content Management
  45. EHR – Electronic Health Record
  46. EPMO – Enterprise Project Management Office
  47. EPM – Enterprise Performance Management
  48. ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning
  49. ERP II – Enterprise Resource Planning II
  50. EBT – Earnings Before Taxes
  51. EPS – Earnings per Share
  52. EBIT – Earnings Before Interest and Taxes
  53. EBITDA – Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
  54. FMEA – Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  55. FTE – Full-Time Equivalent
  56. FTC – Federal Trade Commission
  57. FCF – Free Cash Flow
  58. GAP – Goals, Assessment, Plan
  59. GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  60. GRC – Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  61. HCM – Human Capital Management
  62. HRM – Human Resource Management
  63. IACCM – International Association for Contract and Commercial Management
  64. ICMA – Institute of Certified Management Accountants
  65. ICMCI – International Council of Management Consulting Institutes
  66. IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis
  67. ITIL – Information Technology Infrastructure Library 
  68. ICB – IPMA Competence Baseline
  69. ITSM – Information Technology Service Management
  70. IFRS – International Financial Reporting Standards
  71. ISO – International Organization for Standardization
  72. ITSM – Information Technology Service Management
  73. IPO – Initial Public Offering
  74. IRR – Internal Rate of Return
  75. KAI – Kirton Adaption-Innovation
  76. KMS – Knowledge Management System
  77. KMP – Kanban Management Professional
  78. KPI – Key Performance Indicator
  79. LCM – Life Cycle Management
  80. LEAN – Leadership, Empowerment, Agility, and Navigation
  81. LOI – Letter of Intent
  82. LIFO – Last In, First Out
  83. LBO – Leveraged Buyout
  84. M&A – Merger and Acquisition
  85. MBO – Management By Objectives
  86. MBO – Management Buyout
  87. MDM – Master Data Management
  88. MSP – Managing Successful Programmes
  89. MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
  90. NPS – Net Promoter Score
  91. NDA – Non-Disclosure Agreement
  92. NPV – Net Present Value
  93. NWC – Net Working Capital
  94. OCM – Organizational Change Management
  95. OCMC – Organizational Change Management Consultant
  96. OCR – Optical Character Recognition
  97. OOTB – Out of the Box
  98. OPM3 – Organizational Project Management Maturity Model
  99. P2P – Procure-to-Pay
  100. PCMM – People Capability Maturity Model
  101. PDCA – Plan, Do, Check, Act
  102. PERT – Program Evaluation and Review Technique
  103. PFMEA – Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  104. P&L – Profit and Loss
  105. PI – Process Improvement
  106. PMBOK – Project Management Body of Knowledge
  107. PMO – Project Management Office
  108. PMP – Project Management Professional
  109. PPM – Portfolio Project Management
  110. PSA – Purchase and Sale Agreement
  111. PRINCE2 – Projects IN Controlled Environments
  112. PEG – Private Equity Group
  113. PTO – Paid Time Off
  114. PE – Private Equity
  115. RACI – Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed
  116. RCM – Reliability Centered Maintenance
  117. RFQ – Request for Quotation
  118. ROI – Return on Investment
  119. ROE – Return on Equity
  120. RTO – Reverse Takeover.
  121. SaaS – Software as a Service
  122. SARAH – Situation, Action, Result, And How
  123. SCM – Supply Chain Management
  124. SDLC – Software Development Life Cycle
  125. SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission
  126. SIPOC – Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers
  127. SLA – Service Level Agreement
  128. SME – Subject Matter Expert
  129. SPICE – Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination
  130. SPAC – Special Purpose Acquisition Company
  131. SPA – Share Purchase Agreement
  132. SMC – Scrum Master Certified
  133. SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework
  134. SWAG – Scientific Wild-Ass Guess
  135. SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
  136. TCO – Total Cost of Ownership
  137. TEV – Total Enterprise Value
  138. TQM – Total Quality Management
  139. VC – Venture Capital

Change Management Glossary of Terms

  1. Agile: An iterative approach to project management that emphasizes flexibility, collaboration, and responsiveness to change.
  2. Acquisition Integration: The process of combining the operations of two companies after an acquisition.
  3. Acquisition Premium: The amount by which the price paid for a company exceeds its fair market value.
  4. Acquirer: The company that is purchasing another company.
  5. Asset Sale: A type of acquisition where the buyer only purchases certain assets of the target company, rather than the entire company.
  6. Acquisition: The process of one company buying another company, either through a purchase of stock or assets.
  7. Amalgamation: The process of merging two or more companies into a new entity.
  8. Anti-Trust: Laws and regulations designed to prevent monopolies and promote competition in the marketplace.
  9. Asset Deal: A type of acquisition where the buyer only purchases certain assets of the target company, rather than the entire company.
  10. Adoption: The process of individuals or groups accepting and using new processes, technologies, or behaviors.
  11. Alignment: Ensuring that all parts of an organization are working towards the same goals and objectives.
  12. Analysis: The process of gathering and interpreting data to inform decision-making.
  13. Assessment: An evaluation of the current state of an organization or process to identify areas for improvement.
  14. Best Practices: The most effective and efficient ways of performing a task or achieving a goal, based on experience and research.
  15. Benchmarking: A process of comparing an organization’s performance against industry standards or best practices.
  16. Bid: An offer by a company to acquire another company.
  17. Business Consolidation: The process of combining two or more businesses to create a larger, more efficient entity.
  18. Business Process Reengineering: A method of restructuring an organization’s business processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  19. Breakup Fee: A fee paid by the target company to the acquiring company if the acquisition does not close.
  20. Business Acquisition Loan: A loan used to finance the acquisition of a company.
  21. Buyout: An acquisition where the acquiring company purchases a controlling interest in the target company’s stock.
  22. Business Process Reengineering: A systematic approach to process improvement that involves radical redesign of processes to achieve significant improvements in performance.
  23. Change Agent: A person responsible for leading and managing change within an organization.
  24. Change Management: A systematic approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state.
  25. Capacity Building: The process of developing the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to implement and sustain change.
  26. Change Readiness: The degree to which an organization is prepared and willing to undergo a change initiative.
  27. Change Request: A formal request to modify a project or initiative.
  28. Coaching: The process of providing guidance and support to individuals or teams to improve their performance.
  29. Communication: The exchange of information and ideas between individuals or groups.
  30. Critical Path: The sequence of activities that must be completed on time for a project or initiative to meet its deadlines.
  31. Customer Focus: An organizational culture that prioritizes the needs and satisfaction of customers.
  32. Continuous Improvement: An ongoing process of identifying and improving processes and practices within an organization.
  33. Culture Change: The process of changing an organization’s culture, values, beliefs, and behaviors to align with strategic goals.
  34. Capital Structure: The mix of debt and equity financing used by a company to finance its operations.
  35. Cash Merger: A type of merger where the acquiring company pays for the target company in cash.
  36. Closing: The final stage of an acquisition, where all legal and financial agreements are finalized.
  37. Collateral: Assets pledged as security for a loan.
  38. Confidentiality Agreement: An agreement between two companies to keep confidential information private during the acquisition process.
  39. Consolidation: The process of combining two or more businesses to create a larger, more efficient entity.
  40. Contingent Consideration: Additional payment made to the seller of a company if certain conditions are met.
  41. Cross-Border Merger: A merger between companies located in different countries.
  42. Carve-Out: The process of separating a portion of a company’s assets or operations to create a new, independent company.
  43. Change of Control: A change in the ownership of a company that results from an acquisition.
  44. Closing Date: The date on which an acquisition is completed.
  45. Design Thinking: A human-centered approach to problem-solving that emphasizes empathy and experimentation.
  46. Data Analysis: The process of analyzing and interpreting data to inform decision-making.
  47. Decision-Making: The process of making choices among alternative courses of action.
  48. Disruption: A significant change that interrupts the status quo and requires adaptation and innovation to respond effectively.
  49. Culture: The shared beliefs, values, attitudes, behaviors, and practices that characterize an organization.
  50. Deal: The acquisition of one company by another company.
  51. Due Diligence: The process of conducting a comprehensive investigation of a company’s financial and legal status prior to acquisition.
  52. Dependency Management: The process of identifying and managing dependencies between different components of a project or initiative.
  53. Digital Transformation: The process of using technology to fundamentally change an organization’s business model or processes.
  54. Definitive Agreement: The final legal agreement that outlines the terms of an acquisition.
  55. Diligence: The process of conducting a comprehensive investigation of a company’s financial and legal status prior to acquisition.
  56. Disposition: The process of selling a company or business unit.
  57. Empowerment: Giving individuals or teams the authority and resources to make decisions and take action.
  58. Engagement: The degree to which individuals or groups are committed and involved in a change initiative.
  59. Earnout: Additional payments made to the seller of a company if certain financial goals are met.
  60. Equity Deal: A type of acquisition where the buyer purchases the entire company or a controlling interest in the company’s stock.
  61. Employee Engagement: The degree to which employees are committed, involved, and enthusiastic about their work and the organization.
  62. Evaluation: The process of assessing the effectiveness and impact of a change initiative.
  63. Executive Sponsorship: The involvement and support of senior leaders in a change initiative.
  64. Fair Market Value: The price a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept in an arm’s length transaction.
  65. Financial Statements: Statements that provide information about a company’s financial performance, including income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.
  66. Forward Merger: A merger in which the acquiring company is the larger company.
  67. Friendly Acquisition: An acquisition where the target company agrees to be acquired by the acquiring company.
  68. Feedback: Information provided to individuals or teams to help them improve their performance.
  69. Governance: The processes and policies that guide decision-making and ensure accountability within an organization.
  70. Golden Parachute: A compensation package for key executives of the target company if they are terminated as a result of the acquisition.
  71. Gap Analysis: An evaluation of the difference between an organization’s current state and desired future state.
  72. Governance Framework: A set of policies and procedures that guide decision-making and ensure accountability within an organization.
  73. Hostile Takeover: An acquisition where the target company does not agree to be acquired by the acquiring company.
  74. Innovation: The process of introducing new ideas, processes, or technologies to improve an organization’s performance.
  75. Interdependency: The relationships and dependencies between different components of a project or initiative.
  76. Integration: The process of combining the operations of two companies after an acquisition.
  77. Intellectual Property: Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intangible assets.
  78. Implementation: The process of putting a change initiative into action.
  79. Integration: The process of combining different components of a project or initiative into a cohesive whole.
  80. Joint Venture: A business agreement between two or more companies to pursue a specific project or business opportunity.
  81. Knowledge Management: The process of capturing, storing, and sharing knowledge within an organization.
  82. Leadership: The ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve common goals.
  83. Lean: A methodology focused on reducing waste and increasing efficiency within an organization.
  84. Learning Organization: An organization that prioritizes continuous learning and development.
  85. Leveraged Buyout: An acquisition where the acquiring company uses debt financing to purchase the target company.
  86. Letter of Intent: A non-binding agreement between the buyer and seller outlining the proposed terms of an acquisition.
  87. Leadership: The ability to inspire, guide, and influence others to achieve a common goal or vision.
  88. Lean Six Sigma: A methodology that combines the principles of Lean and Six Sigma to improve process efficiency and quality.
  89. Metrics: Quantitative and qualitative measures used to evaluate the success of a change initiative.
  90. Management Buyout (MBO): An acquisition where the management team of a company purchases the company from its current owners.
  91. Merger Agreement: The legal agreement that outlines the terms of a merger.
  92. Mitigation: Actions taken to reduce the likelihood or impact of a risk.
  93. Merger: The combination of two or more companies into a single entity.
  94. Measurement: The process of quantifying and assessing the impact and effectiveness of a change initiative.
  95. Net Assets: The value of a company’s assets minus its liabilities.
  96. Net Working Capital: The amount of a company’s current assets minus its current liabilities.
  97. Non-Core Assets: Assets that are not essential to a company’s core operations or business strategy and may be sold or divested. 
  98. Net Present Value: A financial measure that calculates the present value of future cash flows.
  99. Non-Disclosure Agreement: An agreement between two companies to keep confidential information private.
  100. Organizational Development: A process of planned change to improve an organization’s performance and effectiveness.
  101. Organizational Effectiveness: The ability of an organization to achieve its goals and objectives.
  102. Operating Synergies: Cost savings and increased efficiency that result from combining the operations of two companies.
  103. Organizational Change: The process of making significant changes to an organization’s structure, processes, or culture.
  104. Organizational Culture: The shared beliefs, values, attitudes, behaviors, and practices that characterize an organization and influence its performance
  105. Performance Management: The process of setting and measuring goals, evaluating progress, and providing feedback to improve performance.
  106. Project Management: The process of planning, organizing, and managing resources to achieve specific goals within a specified timeframe and budget.
  107. Performance Improvement: The process of improving an organization’s performance through changes to its processes, behaviors, or systems.
  108. Portfolio Management: The process of managing a collection of projects or initiatives to ensure alignment with strategic goals.
  109. Process Improvement: The process of identifying and improving an organization’s business processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  110. Process Mapping: The process of visually mapping out the steps in a process to identify areas for improvement.
  111. Project Management: The process of planning, executing, and controlling a project to achieve specific goals and objectives.
  112. Purchase Agreement: The legal agreement that outlines the terms of an acquisition.
  113. Resistance: The natural human response to change, often characterized by reluctance, skepticism, and fear.
  114. Resistance Management: The process of identifying and managing resistance to change within an organization.
  115. Risk Management: The process of identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks associated with a change initiative.
  116. Restructuring: The process of making significant changes to a company’s operations or structure, often as a result of a merger or acquisition.
  117. Reverse Merger: A type of merger where a private company acquires a public company to become publicly traded.
  118. Readiness Assessment: An evaluation of an organization’s readiness for a change initiative.
  119. Reinforcement: The process of providing ongoing support and resources to ensure that a change initiative is sustained over time.
  120. Reverse Merger: A merger in which the acquiring company is the smaller company.
  121. Risk Assessment: An evaluation of the likelihood and potential impact of risks associated with a change initiative.
  122. Sponsorship: The process of securing support and resources from key stakeholders to ensure the success of a change initiative.
  123. Stakeholder Management: The process of identifying, engaging, and managing stakeholders who are affected by a change initiative.
  124. Strategic Planning: The process of setting long-term goals and determining the best course of action to achieve them.
  125. Seller Financing: A financing arrangement where the seller of a company provides the financing for the buyer.
  126. Spin-Off: The process of creating a new, independent company by separating a portion of an existing company’s assets or operations.
  127. Stock Deal: A type of acquisition where the buyer purchases the target company’s stock.
  128. Strategic Acquisition: An acquisition made to achieve strategic goals, such as entering a new market or acquiring new technology.
  129. Strategic Alliance: A business agreement between two or more companies to pursue a specific project or business opportunity.
  130. Subsidiary: A company that is controlled by another company, known as the parent company.
  131. Synergy: The benefits that result from combining the operations of two companies, such as increased efficiency and cost savings.
  132. Stakeholder Analysis: The process of identifying and assessing the needs and interests of stakeholders who are affected by a change initiative.
  133. Stakeholder Engagement: The process of involving stakeholders in a change initiative to ensure that their needs and interests are addressed.
  134. Strategic Alignment: Ensuring that a change initiative is aligned with an organization’s overall strategy and goals.
  135. Strategic Change: A change initiative that is designed to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
  136. Systemic Change: A change initiative that is designed to fundamentally transform an organization’s structure, processes, or culture.
  137. Sustainability: The ability of a change initiative to be maintained over time and integrated into an organization’s culture and operations
  138. Sponsor: An individual or group with the authority, resources, and influence to support and champion a change initiative.
  139. Stakeholder: An individual or group that is affected by or has an interest in a change initiative.
  140. Team Building: The process of developing relationships and trust among team members to improve performance.
  141. Transformation: A process of profound and radical change that fundamentally alters an organization’s structure, processes, culture, or strategy.
  142. Transformational Change: A change initiative that is designed┬áto fundamentally transform an organization’s structure, processes, or culture to achieve significant and lasting improvements in performance.
  143. Transition Management: The process of managing the human side of change, including addressing resistance, building buy-in, and ensuring adoption.
  144. Triangulation: The process of using multiple sources of data or perspectives to validate findings or make decisions.
  145. Target Company: The company being acquired in an acquisition.
  146. Tender Offer: An offer by a company to purchase the stock of another company at a premium.
  147. Valuation: The process of determining the value of a company.
  148. Value Stream Mapping: A process improvement technique that visually maps out the steps in a process to identify areas for improvement and waste reduction.
  149. Vision: A statement that defines an organization’s desired future state and provides a sense of purpose and direction
  150. Visionary Leadership: A leadership style that emphasizes creating a compelling vision for the future and inspiring others to achieve it.
  151. Workflow: The sequence of tasks and activities that make up a process.
  152. Workforce Planning: The process of identifying and addressing current and future workforce needs to support organizational goals.