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Change Competence

Implementing Effective Change, 1st Edition

By Steven ten Have, Wouter ten Have, Anne-Bregje Huijsmans, Niels van der Eng


142 pages | 80 B/W Illus.

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Organizations are often forced to change and adapt as a result of internal or external circumstances – whether the impetus is vision and ambition, a competing organization, societal pressure, or financial pressure. In this book, the authors posit that successful change requires the coherence of five elements: rationale and effect, focus and energy, and connection.

In Change Competence, they present a vision of change management centered around these five elements, along with a model and method for diagnosing, approaching, and developing change management in a purposeful way. The book demonstrates the nuances and applications of the change management model with the use of a single integrated case, from identifying elements ripe for change, to coping with barriers, to varying approaches to change, to the different leadership roles that emerge in relation to the five key elements of change management.

This book will be of interest to practitioners and students in change management, organizational behavior, and organizational development.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures Foreword PrefaceChapter 1; The Change Case. Chapter 2; Perspectives. Chapter 3; Decisive Factors. Chapter 4; Dynamics. Chapter 5; Dysfunctions. Chapter 6; Leadership Roles. Chapter 7; Change Approaches. Chapter 8; The Change Canvas. References Index

About the Authors

Steven ten

Steven ten Have, Ph.D., is full Professor of Strategy and Change at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, visiting professor at the Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands, and Partner at TEN HAVE Change Management.

Wouter D. ten Have, Ph.D.,is University Lecturer of Organization and Change at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, visiting University Lecturer of Change Management (MBA Healthcare Management) at the Amsterdam Business School, the Netherlands, and Partner at TEN HAVE Change Management.

Anne-Bregje Huijsmans, MSc, is Consultant at TEN HAVE Change Management.

Niels van der Eng, MSc, Ph.D. candidate, is University Lecturer of Organization and Change at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Head of Research, and Consultant at TEN HAVE Change Management.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

It is often stated that some 70% of all change projects fail. Though this figure can be disputed, it is nevertheless clear that managing change is one of the most difficult tasks facing organizations today. In response to this, writers offer a wide range of theories and advice designed to aid managers and scholars in understanding and managing change, but which seem merely to overwhelm them with a profusion of competing and conflicting advice and approaches. In many respects, change is a field which epitomises the ‘rigor-relevance’ debate. We have many approaches to change which are built on sound research and robust theories, but which appear to lack relevance for managers. We also have a vast array of nostrums, practices and tools which managers use, but which appear to lack methodological or theoretical foundations.

The aim of this series is to cut through the confusion surrounding the study and practice of change by providing comprehensive and in-depth studies of existing and emerging approaches to change. The rationale for the series is that we cannot understand organizational change sufficiently nor implement it effectively unless we can evaluate the various approaches in terms of the evidence which underpins them, what they seek to achieve and how and where they can be applied. In particular, the series seeks to address, but is not limited to, the following questions:

  • What are the emerging themes in the field of organizational change?
  • Which theories and approaches to change have stood the test of time?
  • What are the key debates within the field?
  • How has the field been influenced by and incorporated newer approaches to organizational life, such as postmodernism, social constructionism, critical realism, and complexity theories?
  • What is the current status of OD (organization development)?
  • To what extent have countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America developed their own distinct approaches to change?
  • How are developments such as social media and virtual organizations affecting the way organizations perceive and carry out change?
  • Do successful organizations adopt different approaches to change than unsuccessful ones, or do they use the same approaches but more effectively?

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development