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Start with Middle Management in your Change Approach
Marl van der Toorn, Moderator
Following up the discussion “Bottom-up Approach Towards Organizational Change” I think that even in a bottom-up or top-down approach, the key to achieving a successful change in a (large) organization, is the middle management. Without the commitment of those managers not much will happen.

Also according to Patrick McGurk (Sept 2011), "middle managers have traditionally been seen as the organisational ‘linking pins’ (Likert 1961), a view which is echoed in more recent research on managerial work by Mintzberg (2009: 138), who finds that middle management is the place in which the organisation best integrates its activities. Balogun (2003), identified middle managers as ‘change intermediaries’. In this study, middle managers played the dual role of ... Register

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Good article. I see middle managers sometimes as "...

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OK - this title may best be recognized in UK! Acti...

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It all depends on what you are changing. Only thos...

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I support Gary & Rebecca.
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As per my opinion, organizational change is very m...

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The assumption is the middle management is in a po...

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Even though I wholeheartedly agree with your theor...

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@J. A. Karman: ...

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Paul Steele, Member
There are many good points here made by many of th...

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There is need for the executives to buy-in. This i...

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So much has been written about where transformatio...

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Andrew, what you are saying is very correct. The p...

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Paul Steele, Member
Agreed, middle managers are the linch pin in the o...


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