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ERIC Number: ED411007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Environments for Change.
Rieley, James B.
Although extensive research has been conducted on organizational change initiatives in recent years, much of this research has tended to focus on issues of the timing of the change, types of change, and/or rationale for change. In order to better understand the systemic dynamics of change, however, efforts should be made to examine the inherent structural beliefs held regarding change. Historically, key variables in the change process have included: the expectation that those in authority act with fairness; the corresponding pressure for change increases; and the assumption that a "right" solution exists, reflecting a binary approach to reality. In organizations today, pressures for change include increasing competition, decreasing resources, increasing demands for accountability, the acceleration in technological developments, and the demands of stakeholders for higher returns on investment. As these pressures act on managers, the mental model that assumes that some individuals are right and others are wrong can lead to fractionalization of the organization and reduced effectiveness. To avoid this, the organization and its leadership need to be very clear about rationale and expectations for change; a plan to enhance the skill sets of the employees should be made visible; the organization should monitor the ongoing change process; and non-traditional management tools such as engagement, explanation, and expectation clarity should be utilized. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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