Effecting Change in Large Organizations

Effecting Change in Large Organizations

Effecting Change in Large Organizations

Effecting Change in Large Organizations

Excerpt

THIS IS AN EXPLORATORY study. It has four objectives: to identify an important aspect of corporate life; to assess the strategic factors involved in the process of directed change; to consider how current efforts to bring about major organizational changes can be improved; and to suggest the lines of future investigation likely to yield new knowledge and improvements in practice. The subject is so large that we are inevitably forced to deal with it suggestively rather than exhaustively. Our aim is to frame the problem and to identify the key elements and processes so that others in business and academic life may be stimulated to concern themselves with it.

This book is an outgrowth of a collaborative effort between the President of the McKinsey Foundation for Management Research and the Director and two staff psychologists of the Conservation of Human Resources Project at Columbia University. The impetus for the book was given by Ewing W. Reilley when he sought to discover whether the theory and techniques of the social sciences could contribute to the clarification of this important management problem. He had been repeatedly impressed with the difficulties that large business corporations encounter when they seek to change their organiza-

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