ERIC Number: ED418473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Creating Paths of Change: Managing Issues and Resolving Problems in Organizations. Second Edition.
McWhinney, Will; Webber, James B.; Smith, Douglas, M.; Novokowsky, Bernie J.
Individuals, organizations, and communities constantly engage in change. A theory of change and how one can become a change agent are presented in this guidebook. The text is based on a theory of change and resolution that has been tested over a period of 20 years. It offers effective strategies of change and tools for implementing these changes, suggesting that change agents look at themselves and then select a path of change that is appropriate for them. The book provides general rules that are applicable in any territory, and the reader is guided through the change process according to his or her world view. The relationship between modes of change and leadership style is discussed as well as how leaders and followers interact in the processes of change. A step-by-step problem-solving process is presented that identifies where change agents fit into a path of change and the characteristics of people who might best use this process. The chapters focus on such topics as modes of change, leadership and the team, the games of change, the paths of change, and solving the problem. Two case studies are provided to illustrate the process. (Contains approximately 95 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Change, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Leadership, Organizations (Groups), Resistance to Change, Role of Education, Self Concept, Social Action, Social Change, Sociocultural Patterns, Theory Practice Relationship
Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 ($21.95).
Publication Type: Books
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