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The Role of Planning in Change Manegement. A Study of the Planning Process involved in a Change Management Project.

Kennelly, Tim (1998) The Role of Planning in Change Manegement. A Study of the Planning Process involved in a Change Management Project. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Major organisational change has to be carefully planned, to ensure that factors which are likely to impact on change processes are taken into account. These factors will revolve around the organisation's business, people and structure. They will include culture, politics, inter group trust, power bases and fear of change. They can pose major problems for change processes and the organisation must assess the likely impact of each.

The change process should be planned and documented, following consultation with and the involvement of all the intended participants. Awareness of what is at issue and of what needs to be done is a vital ingredient. Commitment will also be vital because the intended participants, if they are not fully committed to the process will lack sufficient interest to help it through difficult times. If the plan is not documented, even though these factors may be taken into account initially, there is likely to be slippage over time in the awareness levels of these factors. The matter of who influences the process and to what degree they do so, will also be crucial.

The planning process itself should be based on recognised models for planning change, otherwise the plan will not be properly grounded and will lack the necessary direction to achieve success. All the participants should have some knowledge of how organisations function and of planning techniques, even if it is not realistic to expect professional non managerial groups to devote significant amounts of their time to gaining detailed knowledge of matters which are not normally part of their duties. The planning process should ensure that some levels of knowledge of these matters is made available to these groups in a simple format so that they at least have basic knowledge of what is likely to confront them.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Management of Change
Divisions: School of Business > Masters by Research
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 13:35
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 10:41

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