An Introduction in Change Management from Dutch scholars as Leon de Caluwé and Hans Vermaak - 8:30AM
A search for the underlying values of the word change results in a whole range of meanings and different rationalities. There is often a world of difference between them. As a result the practical applications in terms of change strategies or approaches vary widely. Conceptual clarity is desired to better express the various meanings of the word change for several reasons:
- It facilitates clearer communication between the people involved. For example, communication between and among managers, consultants and academics. Misunderstandings and conflicts can and do arise for instance when change strategies are discussed in a management team between people who believe change is essentially a power game versus people who believe it is a rational endeavor. A new shorthand language for this complex subject matter creates the possibility for shared interpretations and meanings.
- It can be used to characterize dominant paradigms in groups or organizations, serving as a diagnostic tool for characterizing different actors involved in a change effort. Moreover, the paradigms themselves represent different views of the organization and its problems. Such different viewpoints help paint a more complete and complex picture of organizational life.
- It provides a map of possible strategies to deal with organizational issue. The idea is that not ‘anything goes’. It is relevant to know what kind of approaches are available as well as to have some sense of indicators that facilitate a choice of what approach is more fitting given a certain situation than others.
- It offers change agents a tool for reflection: What are your own assumptions? What is your (key) competence for bringing about change and what are your limitations? It can assist change agents in delineating their area of expertise and their professional development.
During the lecture we will touch on a meta-theoretical concept, the colors, that has been developed the last five years and has been extensively applied in both in management education and change practice in the Netherlands. More recently it is being applied in English speaking arenas. It has proven to be both robust and versatile. The choice for ‘colors’ as labels is based on the need for some type of shorthand that would not stress any specific order between.
Study before attending the lecture the literature in the article on this topic as outlined below, especially Léon de Caluwé and Hans Vermaak, An Overview of Change Paradigms.
Leadership - the Christian Vocation in Business
Léon de Caluwé and Hans Vermaak, An Overview of Change Paradigms
PowerPoint: Prof. Dr. Leon de Caluwé, The colors of change management