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Participation Topic 1: Why organisations change: turbulent times, innovation and the changing workplace.
focus in Topic 1 is on the nature of change. Choose up to three
articles from the business section of a newspaper or from a business
magazine about organisations going through change. For each article,
what is the rationale presented for the change? Which of the external
and internal pressures considered in the unit are referred to? Are there
additional pressures not specifically considered in the unit?Participation Topic 2: Diagnosis by image.
The focus of Topic 2 is on diagnosis for organisational change. One way of describing anorganisation
and how it operates is by using a metaphor or simile such as ‘my
organisation is like a well-oiled machine’ (it runs very smoothly), or
‘my organisation is a dinosaur’ (it is big, slow-moving, unresponsive to
change, and probably headed for extinction). In relation to your
organisation what metaphor or simile would you use to describe it? What
is it about your organisation that you are trying to convey through this
Participation Topic 3: Planning and preparing the change.
Topic 3 we address issues of recognising the need for change, starting
with the change process as well as diagnosing the need for change and
gathering and interpreting information for diagnosis. Change occurs as a
process, not as an event. Organisational change does not happen because
there was an announcement, a kick-off meeting or even a go-live date.
Individuals do not change simply because they received an email or
attended a training program. When we experience change, we move from
what we had known and done, through a period of transition to arrive at a
desired new way of behaving and doing our job. Based on your experience
at work or elsewhere, list any problems you have encountered in the
early stages of the change process that have been associated with: •
choice of change agent • quality of the change relationship •
identification of the group to be targeted for change • specification of
the change issues.
Participation Topic 4: People and culture.
of the commonly cited causes for the lack of success of organisational
change is ‘resistance to change’. As such, it is not surprising that it
is a phenomenon that encourages some strong responses. • What symptoms
of resistance have you experienced? • Have you experienced both active
and passive forms? • Have you experienced them as a resistor yourself
(as a recipient of change)? • Have you experienced them as someone
responsible for the management of change (as an initiator of change)? •
If you could ‘rewind the tape’ would you do anything differently?
Participation Topic 5: Implementing change.
according to Hayes (2018), those leading change give insufficient
attention to developing a change strategy fit for purpose. Identify a
recent change in your organisation and critically assess the
effectiveness of the strategy used to implement it. What situational
variables did the organisation under estimate or even fail to take into
account when shaping the change strategy?
Participation Topic 6: Sustaining the change.
we come to the end of our unit this is a time for review and
reflection. You will have an opportunity to comment on the unit itself
at a later stage. What I would like you to focus on at this point is
reflections of the practicing change manager – you!
Consider the following:
•What specifically has impacted your thinking during the unit and why?•How will it/does it inform your practice as an evidence based practitioner?•Of
the various topics presented in the unit which one resonates best with
you? Are there any implications for how you would act in the future?•If you were to add an idea to managing organisational change, what would be your contribution?
profile yourself. It is not necessary to share your profile on the
Discussion Board. However, if you feel comfortable, you could share one
action and your strategy for attention. One of the implications
presented in this unit is that change is a process where there is a
complex, and not necessarily predictable, relationship between actions
and outcomes. Nonetheless, it is still likely that certain action – or,
taking the reverse, certain inaction – will affect the probability of
Based on the material in the unit, provide a
range of actions that you believe are likely to enhance the prospect of a
change being successful. For each action, rate yourself. Which are the
actions that you have identified as most in need of attention (those you
rated poor or very poor)? What could be done to develop capacity in
this regard? For example:
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