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1st Edition

Change Leadership in Developing Countries

ISBN 9780415819237
Published April 7, 2014 by Routledge
298 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine in 2014!

In Change Leadership for Developing Countries, Franca Ovadje offers readers a comprehensive and integrative model for the design, implementation and evaluation of organizational change. This unique book embodies an African perspective, discussing the specific needs and issues associated with leading change within the institutional, economic, social, and cultural contexts of developing economies. Based on extensive research, as well as the first-hand experiences of managers who have led change initiatives in Africa, this book envisions a change leadership model based on conscious decision-making, rather than taking a prescriptive approach. With examples and case studies drawn from African organizations, this book is a vital tool for students and managers who are based in, or interact with, emerging economies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Organizational Change in the African Context  2. The Drivers of Change  3. The Change Vision  4. The Change Target - What to Change  5. Success Measures  6. Pace and Sequence of Change  7. Supporting Systems and Structures  8. Leadership Style  9. Winning Commitment to Change  10. Evaluation and Refinement  11. Conclusions.  Cases

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Franca Ovadje, is a pioneer member of faculty of the Lagos Business School, Nigeria, and leads sessions in human resource management, leadership and organizational change in both local and international programs. Dr. Ovadje was a recipient of the African Management Scholar Award in 2005.


“In this unique work, Ovadje (Centre for Research in Leadership and Ethics, Lagos Business School, Nigeria) explicates a model for planning and implementing change in African organizations. Amid much research on change leadership, Ovadje offers the first work specifically focused on leading change in developing economies. … the work is essential reading for anyone desiring to lead organizational change in Africa or other emerging economies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” - L.B. Jabs, Seattle Pacific University, in CHOICE, November 2014