Change within an organisation

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Change within an organisation
Mrs. Josephine Idele , Partner, Nigeria

Change within an organisation.

Change within an organisation occurs due to various factors, which could be structural, social, political, environmental and economical.
There are different kinds of change and various types of leadership styles to adopt that suit the particular type of change to be adopted.
Change is inevitable, continuous and the only constant thing for organisations that want to survive and remain competitive in the volatile business environment.

If an organisation is considering change, several factors come into play - such as how to ensure employees buy-in to the change being envisaged since people are the most vulnerable where change is being planned. There is the need to change the re-orientation of the employees in order to give them the assurance that the change is not against them but for the mutual benefit of all concerned.

Change within an organisation could focus on the value system of the organisation, in terms of culture, processes and procedures which are some of the critical areas to worked on when change within an organisational is being planned. Change within an organisation must also involve the employees (the people - the most important asset of the organisation). Additionally, change need to be managed effectively so that there are no backlashes from the employees in terms of resisting the envisaged change.

According to Kotter, J. P. (2002) in his book " The Heart of Change" some of the success factors to change within an organisation involve the creation of a sense of urgency, having an oversight team as well as creating a vision of where the orgnisation want to be.
Change must be communicated effectively with appropriate feedback mechanism, ensuring employees fully understand the reason for change, the impact on them, their future and what is required of them in the new dispensation since they (the employees) have to change along side the organisation.

Kotter, J. & Cohen, D. (2002), "The Heart of Change", Boston Harvard Business School Press
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