Think about all types of changes in business and also think about the impact of technology on organizational change. More and more change will be driven by innovation in technology. And change needs to happen fast in order to be productive for your organization.
Change in technology
The digitization of all areas of an organization. This may include many things like changes in processes, applications, tools and systems. It will affect large part of organizational activities and the culture of the business will be essential to be considered.
Organizational change always includes transitions with people, process and culture. The only difference will be the scope and the scale of your organizational change. However these elements are your drivers and something you always need to consider.
Why organizational change is important?
Any successful organization goes through some type of organizational change at all times. The only constant factor is the change in order to be and stay competitive in a fast paced marketplace.
This is why organizational changes needs to be planned. Always look at and analyze all:
- Development alternatives
- There is always more than one way to accomplish the same goal
- Market developments, needs and customer demand
- Rivals in your industry
- Change in technology
These days, know-how regularly disturbs one market after another. New improvements give ideas for new services, a new product, new process plus much more. That interruption in turn will impact many other change elements stated earlier.
Continuous organizational change
Organizational changes would be considered processes by themselves by experienced executives.
Just like any other kind of project organizational change starts and ends at certain point. This means all rules and strategies that we as managers apply in project management should be applied here as well.
Nevertheless, this method is not easy to be standardized or automated unlike other processes because the business is continually changing.
Every new developed technology opens new alternatives and always new rivals will introduce something new in your market.
Fact is that technical interruption is not slowing down. This is something that organizational change practitioners have to master to deal with responsively.
In the future, we will have substantially more interruptions. Actually, it could even speed up the current pace of development. As always smart organization will be the one acting proactively and planning in advance.
Planning and managing continuous organizational change
In order to sustain competitive advantage companies must:
Accept the reality of continuous change
Organizational change professionals, managers, employees, and various other decision makers must face the steady change on an ongoing basis. This might need a tactical initiative and additional efforts to adjust the culture of the business but it is essential phase in organizational change.
Develop culture that accepts change
Cultures which is change oriented, as an example, will develop in the right direction fast, easy and also efficiently.
There is valid reason that lean process has become more flexible than fixed approach to change.
Develop management know-how focused on change
Use al available tools.There are many tools which may boost your change management practices.