For more than two decades, businesses have been warned to "change or perish." Yet a growing number of companies are perishing because of change. What's going on?
Columbia Business School professor Eric Abrahamson argues that while change is necessary for companies to grow and prosper, many organizations have blindly taken the mandate too far. The "creative destruction" advocated by change champions has resulted in a painful cycle of initiative overload, change-related chaos, and widespread employee cynicism.
To reverse this cycle, Abrahamson says, companies must learn to change how they change. Drawing on a decade of research and dozens of company examples, this book offers a positive new approach to change called "creative recombination." Rather than obliterating and then reinventing anew, creative recombination seeks sustainable, repeatable transformation by reconfiguring the people, structures, culture, processes, and networks the company already has. Abrahamson offers a broad toolkit of techniques for achieving smoother, more cost-efficient, less painful organizational change-and helpful guidance for how and when to implement each tool.
A refreshing paradigm for change has arrived-and companies don't need anything new, revolutionary, or radical to make it happen. The inspiring result: Change will actually work, for a change.
About the Author:
Eric Abrahamson is Professor of Management at Columbia Business School in New York City and an internationally recognized expert on change management.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.54(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.69(d)|
Table of Contents
|1||Organizational Change and Its Discontents||1|
|3||Redeploying Talent Rather Than Downsizing||39|
|4||Leveraging Social Networks Rather Than IT Networks||63|
|5||Reviving Values, Not Inventing Them||89|
|6||Salvaging Good Processes Rather Than Reengineering Them||113|
|7||Reusing Structures Rather Than Reorganizing||131|
|9||The Fine Art of Pacing||167|
|10||Becoming a Better Recombiner||189|
|About the Author||219|