I would like to state that learning various theories, concepts and principles of organizational change has been insightful experience to me. I would like to elaborate that learning over the past 12 weeks has helped me to understand organizational change, its objectives, benefits, necessity and the management of change from different perspectives. The learning from this subject will definitely contribute to my professional career in business administration. The knowledge gained can be incorporated into my future work by realizing and understanding the overall concept and management of organizational change.
I would like to state that the chapter from week 5 (Diagnosis for Change) resonated the most with me and I would like to incorporate this into my future study/work. This chapter helped me to understand the role of diagnostic models including Six-box organizational model, Burke-Litwin model in the organizational change process. It also helped me to understand the direct application of a range of diagnostic instruments relevant to various aspects of the process of managing. The most valuable thing which I learnt from this chapter is that diagnostic tools such as PESTEL framework which are very important in the management of organizational change. The chapter also helped me to learn a number of models and assesses their applicability to various aspects of organizational change. For example, different types of organizational change may require different type of diagnostic model. Therefore, a manager needs to be careful on their applications in practical real-life situations. It was also a good learning experience to understand the benefits and disadvantages and/or limitations of these diagnostic tools in organizational change.
The chapter helped me to understand that these models are useful in contemporary organizational set-up because they make the complexity of a situation where thousands of different things are going on more manageable by reducing that situation to a manageable number of categories. Therefore, these models directly help in the management of change. They also help in identifying different aspects of an organization’s activities are those most needing attention. For example, the technologies may need special attention in a change process. Similarly, they help in highlighting the interconnectedness of various organizational properties (e.g., strategy and structure).
Furthermore, they also help by providing a common language with which to discuss organizational characteristics and also by providing a guide to the sequence of actions to take in a change situation.
Overall, I would like to conclude that studying this subject was a wonderful learning experience and I sincerely hope that I will carry these learning to my future studies and professional career. The diagnosis of change is critical and hence I believe that a chapter on diagnosis of change is the most critical for me.
Palmer, I, Dunford, R and Akin, G 2008, Managing organizational change: a multiple perspectives approach, 2nd edn, McGraw-Hill Irwin, New York.