Best Business Practices for Incorporating Change

Best Business Practices for Incorporating Change

Peter J. Stockmann (Gamut Strategies, USA & Areopa Group International, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5589-7.ch007
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Abstract

Organizational changes are made for business decisions that aim to improve performance and achieve short- and long-term strategic goals. The decisions to change are usually based on analysis of the organization, and success is evaluated by improving bottom-line performance. And many changes are unplanned. Despite all the preplanning, external factors can change or even divert the progress of the organization. Change is inevitable, and a good change management process can help ensure the potential for success.
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Change Methodology

There are a significant number of change management methodologies (CIOpages.com, n.d.). The leaders in the industry include, Areopa, Lewin’s Change Management Model, McKinsey 7-S Model, Kotter’s Theory, La Marsh Global, Satir Change Management Model. They all have a set common and unique principles and processes. One of the beliefs in the most successful model states that the easier it is for employees to move along on the change journey, the easier it will be for the organization to move toward success.

No one methodology fits every company, but there is a set of principles, tools, and techniques that can be adapted to most situations. Listed below or some of the most critical guiding principles. Using these as a framework, executives and employees can understand what to expect, how to manage their own personal change, and how to engage the entire organization in the process.

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