Managing Organizational Change Essay

2602 Words Feb 17th, 2011 11 Pages
Daniel LeBlanc
Managing Organizational Change
BUS600 Management Communication with Tech Tools
Professor Emmanuel Lewis
November 16, 2009

Organizational change is any action or set of actions resulting in a shift in direction or process that affects the way an organization works. Change can be deliberate and planned by leaders within the organization (i.e., migrating from legacy technology to new improved Internet Protocol infrastructure), or change can originate outside the organization (i.e., new government regulatory process) and be beyond its control. Change may affect the strategies an organization uses to carry out its mission, the processes for implementing those strategies, the tasks and functions performed by the
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In addition, these leaders frequently control resources and rewards within the organization. These core believers need to involve a larger group of "initial participators" who don’t necessarily have the same level of commitment to change as do the core believers, but they participate in the initiative out of loyalty to the organization. The change process takes hold and its successes are publicized, support will spread to others who typically wait and see whether they should commit to the initiative. Last to commit to the efforts are the "hard-core resisters," some of whom will never support the change process because of personal agendas. A clear and concise motivating vision is needed to "inspire" a large number of employees to change. People need to know why change is desirable, why they should make the effort to support it, and what it will achieve. The change can be very painful to some employees whose jobs may require new skills, transfers or even elimination. The motivating vision should be sufficiently concrete so that people can understand what it means and why the change is necessary, but not so rigid that it has no room to evolve. A motivating vision is one that enables people to imagine new possibilities for the organization as a whole and for themselves as members of the organization. That motivating vision is an advanced leading edge technology
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