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Friday, July 27, 2007

Change Management and Organizational Development in the Future

Organizational development and Change Management is a structured development and change in a corporation to attack the negative aspects, which are hindering it from its mission statement and trying to make it more sustainable and like the future goals. Change from an individual standpoint may be a new behavior, but from a corporation’s standpoint, it may be a new process or technology. In society, change may be something similar to a new public policy or passing of new legislation. But successful change is more than just one of those factors; it must come be from the engagement and participation of people involved. Change management in the past has taken a negative approach on corporations, looking at their flaws and drawbacks, but I feel that in the future, there will be a more positive approach to “Change Management and Organizational Development.” Appreciative inquiry is an Organizational development process that is an accepted organizational system that is there to renew and change corporations and organizations, but uses more of a positive approach. It looks at good relationships and builds on the basic goods and enhances them to be even better. Appreciative Inquiry uses a 4D staging process, which focuses on:1. Discover2. Dream3. Design4. DestinyThe discovery stage is the where the corporation identifies the processes and technologies which work well. The dreaming stage then envisions the processes that will work well in the future. The corporation then plans and prioritizes processes that will work well. Finally, the last stage is to implement and execute the new design for processes, which will work well. This approach is more to work and build up around processes and technologies, which work, rather than trying to fix what doesn’t work. Managers and corporations are able to use these new processes of Appreciative inquiry along with the old action research processes to create plans to be able to build on corporations strong points and fix the negative points/ weaknesses to be able to work as closely as possible to maximum efficiency.

Andrew Maloney

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