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Guiding a Change Program with 7-S Model
Judith Appartaim, Student (MBA), Ghana, Member
How can the 7-S model be used to inform or guide a change program?

7-S and Change Management
ed vonk
In a change management program all 7 S-es must be included. So it is not a tool to change, but a tool to be in control of all elements.

Using 7S for Change Management
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
One obvious way to use 7S in change management would be to analyze, describe, discuss and communicate the CURRENT situation and the FUTURE (desired) situation with respect to each element and then to design ways or strategies to go from A to B.

7-S for Change Management
M Johnson, Management Consultant, Australia, Member
The 7-S framework provides a suitable framework for developing a change management programme. In the first step in a change management development process we decide what the change objective will be.
The next steps are to identify what will have to changed within each of the 7 S's in order to reach the objective.
This can only be an iterative (repeating) process because changes in one of the seven may impact upon each of the other six.
Also remember that "systems" means all business processes, including financial.
The proper use of the 7 S's as an analysis tool will help to ensure that all issues will be addressed during development of the change programme.

7-S and Change Management
ed vonk
@Jaap de Jonge (Editor) : In Holland we use German terms for this situation.
The current situation is the "IST" stuation
The future situation is the "SOLL" situation
The most important action is the description of actions you need to take to reach the "SOLL" situation, and what is the influence for each action on every separate S. Good luck.

Applying the 7S Model in Change Management
Motena, Student (MBA), Australia, Member
Another usage of the 7S model in change processes is that it shows that a change made in one S will have an impact on all other S-es.
Thus, if a planned change is to be effective, then change must be accompanied by complementary changes in other S-es.

Usage of the 7S Framework in a Change Management Program
Bennett Mojapelo, HR Consultant, South Africa, Member
This is a powerful framework for tracking and managing any change program in an enterprise. It ensures that any change in any area is effectively tracked and managed to ensure that impact on their areas is also properly managed.
The soft and hard areas of the business and its change are considered in a single view in the 7S model.

Another Way of Using the 7-S Framework to Analyze/Guide Organizational Change
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
As already mentioned above, we can audit an organization using the 7S framework in terms of "as is - to be" basis (optionally adapting the 7-S framework for the particular use). Here you are doing an analysis BEFORE trying to implement the organizational change.
But we can also use the framework in terms of "to be - as is" basis, looking back at some change that has NOT worked, identifying the gaps or overlooked areas in the implementation plans through the 7-S framework and then methodically rework implementation plans based on 7S. Then you use McKinsey's model to analyze change AFTER we tried to implement some change.

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