Managing Change

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Principles of Management Assignment 2003/ 2004 ¡§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.¡¨ Word Count: 1940 Pages: 10 Contents Page Page Front page 1 Contents page 2 1. Introduction 3 2. Change 3 2.1. Turbulent time 3 2.2. Definition: change management 4 2.3. Sources of change 4 2.4. Change theory 4 3. Managing change 5 3.1. Resistance 5 3.2. Is change…show more content…
Subsequently, the second meaning of managing change is the response to changes over which the organization exercises only little or no control (e.g., legislation, the actions of competitors, shifting economic tides and currents, and so on). 2.3. Sources of Change Organisational change can be set off deliberately by managers, it can develop slowly within a department, it can be enforced by specific changes in policy or procedures, or it can come up as a result of external pressures. In order to promote and to adapt to change, it is therefore essential to define the origin of the need to change, as well as the nature of any proposed change. Change may originate from outside or inside the organisation. External forces for change include market forces (e.g. financial pressures and competition), legislation (in particular environmental and employee legislation), tax structures, new technologies (e.g. new computer technology, process equipment,.. ) and last but not least political forces( world, national and organizational politics). Change also originates within the organization itself. Internal sources for change include the need for profitability (which is indeed a major thrust for change), conflicts between organizational components (e.g. departments and people) and changes in the culture of an organization. However most of the organizational change is triggered by external forces, which are not

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