ERIC Number: ED407889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-25
Reference Count: N/A
Agency in Organisational Change.
Thaler, Michaela; And Others
This paper reports on research conducted in Scotland as part of a 2-year European Union project, Management for Organisational and Human Development (MOHD), through which seven research centers in five countries examined strategies for whole organizational development. Work within the Scottish network of MOHD focused on the understanding of contributions that individual employees can make to the development of the whole organization. Using action research methodology, ongoing change projects in Scotland were analyzed with particular questions of change investigated by interviewing members of the organizations and reviewing internal memos and reports. At Stranraer Academy, the focus of change was on management style and factors that created either resistance or support for implementing change in teaching styles and curricula. At Glasgow University, a retrospective analysis was made of the Teaching with Independent Learning Technologies project process. At Strathclyde University, the project reviewed was about policy development for Information Technology in initial teacher training. It was confirmed that key features of change agency include formal empowerment, roles and relationships, normative values and attitudes, and a sense of agency. Findings supported the importance in any change process of a common understanding of the intended change. (Contains 16 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: European Union; United Kingdom (Scotland)