A former colleague calls you, and he sounds very frustrated. Once
again, senior leadership has proclaimed itself the followers of the
latest management fad and expects the entire organization to
immediately shift direction. You shake your head. You know that
organizations in today’s global marketplace are faced with a constant
need to understand the forces affecting them and adapt accordingly.
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write up to 3
paragraphs that respond to the following questions with your thoughts,
ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future
discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use
examples to reinforce your ideas:
Reflect on the following statement:
Organizations need to adapt to innovative techniques while avoiding
the pitfall of adopting unproven methods and/or fads that may not fit
with the culture of the organizations.
• What would you say to your former colleague?
• Are these two forces mutually exclusive, or do you perceive a
balance that can be struck between change and stability? Provide a
detailed example that will support your position.
• What examples can you give of preparing and managing potential
conflicts that result from change?
• How does organizational structure impact an organization’s ability
to innovate successfully?
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