Why do Organizations Change?




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dineshbabu
Student (MBA)

Why do Organizations Change?

We all know that organizations change. They have to. But exactly why do organizations change? In other words, what are the causes or reasons for change to occur in organizations?
How can these reasons be categorized in a logical way? Is there some kind of model of causes for organizational change?
 

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Why do Organizations Change? Causes

Thanks for your excellent question... A first breakdown of such reasons or causes for companies or public organizations to change could be:

WHY DO ORGANIZATIONS CHANGE?
A. Factors in the external environment
Factors outside the firm, generally beyond its control
B. Internal factors in the organization
Factors inside the firm, generally under its control
A1. Political B1. Leadership
A2. Economic B2. Vision
A3. Social B3. Mission (statement), purpose
A4. Technological B4. Strategy
A5. Competition B5. Culture, values
A6. Customer demands B6. Policies, procedures, systems
A7. Environment, climate, pollution B7. Merger

A useful model for external factors: PEST Analysis.
A useful model of internal factors: McKinsey's 7S Framework.

Any of the 14 main causes could be further split up into a large number of sub-factors. For example A2. Economic could be further split up into: economic growth, recession, interst rates, government spending, unemployment rates, taxation, infaltion, consumer confidence, globalization, etc.

Note that some of these main causes can be viewed as external or internal. And also that certain sub-factors can be viewed as being part of multiple main causes. As usual, the reality is always more complex than the management model. But how could we manage :-) without them?

 
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Emilio Ferrero
Management Consultant, Curacao
 

Triggers for Organizational Change

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Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal
 

Change Factors in Small Organizations

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Robert Gerth
Project Manager, Sweden
 

Change Factors and the Resistance to Change

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

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Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal
 

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FREDDY VILLAVICENCIO
Business Consultant, Venezuela
 

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

What are the Causes of Organizational Change?

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Francis
Manager, Thailand
 

What are the Causes of Organizational Change?

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

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Frik Reynecke
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Graham Williams
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Miguel Sacramento
Business Consultant, Brazil
 

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Gandhi Heryanto
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Causes of Change in Organizations

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Charles Tombazian, United States
 

The 3 C's of Change

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Muhammad Moeen
HR Consultant, Pakistan
 

Internal versus External Factors

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Moses Osofero
Student (Other), Finland
 

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Ramon Perley M.Pandaan
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Why Organizational Changes Occur in Practice

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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

PEST Factors can be External and Internal

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Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa
 

Why Organizations Change? Evolutionary Dynamics

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Sridhar Gopal
Management Consultant, India
 

Triggers of Organizational Change I have Seen

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Maurice Hogarth
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Charles Tombazian, United States
 

People are Often at the Basis of Org Change

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FREDDY VILLAVICENCIO
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The World is Constantly Changing

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Anonymous
 

Why Organizations don't Change Despite of Being Aware they Need To

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BELLALI Abderrahmane
Investor, Morocco
 

Why Organizations Must Change?

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A McClintock
Lecturer, Australia
 

Organizational Change Due to Continuous Learning

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