Effective management of change process in an organization is vital as this determines and contributes to a successful implementation of the changes. Change implementation in an organization is a process which if well managed it can lead to a decrease in change resistance and higher productivity, competitiveness and profitability of an organization. The management should come up with strategies to ensure that the change management process is successful. For effective change management to take place, the human resource must be highly involved it is the gear towards attaining change in an organization. Change is naturally detested especially because of the uncertainty it leads to and as such, cases of resistance must occur. Effective management of resistance is vital in ensuring that the changing process runs smoothly and quickly. As mentioned, the management must ensure that the changes which are about to be implemented in an organization are highly appreciated by the workers. Management should engage in dialogue with the workers so as to ensure changes are implemented. Training and counselling are also vital in enhancing change management in an organization (Johnson, 1992).
ABC Company a high-tech company, being faced with hyper-competition decided to engage in a merger with two of its competitors. The merger required a major changing process especially because the other two competitors were employing completely different management and production styles. This required implementation of a change management process which is explained below.
Stages of organizational change management process
Competition has been on the rise which is caused by globalization, dynamism in the technological environment and emergence of competitive companies in the market. This has necessitated constant changes in most organizations which are aimed at taking advantage of opportunities posed by the environment while at the same time minimizing costs and threats which the environment poses. While deciding on the changes which an organization wishes to undertake, it is vital to ensure that a careful analysis of the impact such change may have and the resistance it may face once it is introduced in an organization. Before introducing changes in an organization, it is vital to ensure that an organization is well prepared to handle all the challenges and also it should ensure that it has sufficient resources to effectively implement the predetermined or desired changes (Cook, Macaulay & Coldicott, 2004).
Leadership in an organization is the most important aspect of ensuring successful change implementation and management in any organization. Leaders are the change agents in an organization and they should create a clear vision regarding the organization and the human resource. The vision for change should aim at contrasting what already is in an organization with what the organization can become once the change is implemented. This vision ought to be comprehensive in a manner to attract the attention of the workers and also it should bridge the gap between the present and the future. Making change a core value of an organization may help in easing the resistance of change by employees. Also, in organizations where change is a core value, employees tend to work towards improving or implementing the desired changes in