anizations in the UK at present work in client domain, which means that the clients often appear to be the driving force of any positive changes, it means that organizational changes are targeted at improving some narrow work practices within the organization, which are caused by the modern business needs.
BP Lima was established in 1955 beginning with the 380 full-time employees. It is a major producer of the industrial chemical products. It is stated that BP Lima constantly implements various approaches for improving the level of safety, environmental protection and health insurance for the staff. The safety of the production is the number one priority for the organizational performance. Management of the company actively exercises various community programs for the employees, as well as designs effective leadership structures for the better performance. BP Lima’s plant was bought by Clark group in 1998 after having implemented the major organizational changes into the company structure. At present BP Lima plans to construct new plant with improved environmental requirements and higher level of cost-reduction. (Ledet, 2005)
BP Lima has faced the need for major organizational change when the threat of closing the plant was vivid and seemed irreversible. This threat was very effective in making people want and implement changes, because it affected absolutely everyone, and it was much more serious, than for example, cost cutting as it could be with other companies. The need for major organizational changes was realized not only by the management, but by each worker, though for someone it was later than for the others; however eventually the organization came down to understanding that without changing and transforming the organizational structure it would not be possible to keep the company floating.
Thus, the company was straight in implementing the so-called continuous improvement initiative. (Ledet, 2005) As far as the threat of plant closure was serious,