ERIC Number: ED290866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-21
Reference Count: N/A
Change--Into and Beyond 2007: Models To Keep Abreast of Change and to Implement Change.
Campbell, Robert W.
Two models can be suggested for keeping abreast of and implementing changes in business education and office procedures in order to take advantage of changing technology. The model for keeping abreast of change contains two major elements: sources of input and periodic meetings. The sources of input include attending meetings and conferences, keeping in contact with vendors, frequently reviewing professional literature, listening to addresses from business leaders, collecting data, contacting graduates, acquiring input from subordinates, keeping in touch with the local business community, and sharing among staff. Periodic meetings should use a committee structure with perhaps four meetings per year. When change is found necessary at one of these meetings, a model for change can be implemented. Some of the characteristics that should be considered include resistance to change, entrenched professionals, the "organized anarchy," and the nonrational environment of educational institutions and businesses. The model suggests that the change agent recognize the structure of organized anarchies and apply "Machiavellian Rules of Strategy" to that structure. In addition, nonrational approaches, as identified by Purkey and Parker, should be used to implement change. (KC)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adults, Attitude Change, Business Administration, Business Education, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Futures (of Society), Innovation, Models, Office Machines, Office Practice, Organizational Change, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Futures Conference (Salem, MA, November 21, 1987).