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Change management practices 'need to be updated'

22 July 2012

Companies that are undergoing a change in their operational structures need to make sure their change management strategies and approach are up to date.

Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas, a corporate transformation expert and chairman of the consultancy firm Adaptation, has stated that many traditional and old-fashioned methods of handling change can do more harm than good.

Expensive culture change programmes are often pursued by businesses that fail to take into account the fact that different parts of an organisation operate with their own distinct cultures, meaning a variety of approaches need to be applied.

Professor Coulson-Thomas warned against following established practices without thinking about them, as well as underlining the need to avoid unnecessary change.

The expert said: "Expensive, general and disruptive top-down initiatives need to be replaced by cheaper and more flexible ways of providing the bottom-up support that enables people in the frontline to quickly deliver multiple benefits."

Diane Morris, director of business network InterimWomen, recently noted that the growing importance of change management is one of the factors driving recruitment of interim managers at present.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Program & Project Management

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