Management of Change: Charles Handy.

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Task: The key theme of this module is change. What did Charles Handy mean when he commented that change could not be managed? If he was right what can a manager do in the face of change? Explain the responsibilities of a manager to their organisation and its employees during periods of change. Essay: Introduction Inventions, new technologies, abolition of trade barriers, rapidly changing markets - the world is continuously passing from one state into another: The world is changing. But how can organizations survive within the chaos of uncertainty? The following essay will give an insight into the complex world of the management of organizational change with a more detailed view of the ideas of the Irish management thinker Charles…show more content…
They say that in the complexity and uncertainty of the present economic it is necessary to develop a core ideology or a vision before going steps further. PETTIGREW AND WHIPP (1991 p.106) call this vision the change agenda. It must be clear defined with objectives that are possible to achieve: The ideology must be more than just a slogan. According to CUMMINGS AND WORLEY the organization should get political support by stakeholders during the process of change and afterwards the work needs to be evaluated. HANDY'S view of the management of change CHARLES HANDY mentions, 'to "manage change" is wishful thinking' (1999 p.292). According to him, change cannot be managed but only be channelled and cultivated. That means that nobody can control changes, because they are uncertain. The only thing a manager can do is leading the organization through a period of change. HANDY'S way of leading change is similar to the way PETTIGREW and WHIPP or CUMMINGS and WORLEY proposed to manage change. According to HANDY differences between the cultures of the mini-organizations are causing conflicts within the organization. The challenge is to move from those conflicts to stages of competition between the mini-organizations. If two departments of the organization were competing, both would try to find the most effective way of working. Has one group improved their procedures the other can adopt it and both are working in
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