The Context of the Book: The Change Programme
This book has its origins and its stimulus in the authors’ involvement in a programme of change that was being implemented in the early ‘seventies’ in a large industrial organisation in the United Kingdom. Yet it is not a book specifically about the change programme. Much less is it an analysis of the processes through which planned organisational change is likely to pass. Any large and effective organisational change programme has a complex pattern of existence and necessarily includes many messy and disorganised elements, and experiences many unpredictable turns and twists. It involves the use of techniques of persuasion, the promotion of attitude changes, political manœuvring and manipulation of the power structure, in order to get movement going, or to sustain it once started. It is accompanied by a constant search for legitimacy and by controversies among those involved in it about the criteria for effectiveness and about means of promoting it.
KeywordsOrganisational Change Organisational Behaviour Change Programme Organisational Problem Sociotechnical System
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