Institutional Change : The Best Speed For Implementing Large Scale Organizational Change

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Institutional Change
While the literature is mixed as to the best speed for implementing large-scale organizational change, institutionalizing change and a personal value for the new system is essential for success (Fernandez and Rainey 172). Public managers are not able to change institutional culture entirely on their own, but can influence it. Changing institutional culture takes time and persistent, sustained effort (Hill and Lynn 319). With a concerted, stable effort, managers can institute policies and lead the charge in integrating the changes comprehensively across the school. In this process, the organization must also leave behind previously used processes and tasks that do not form part of the organizational changes (Fernandez and Rainey 172). As stated by Kotter and Cohen, “In large-scale change efforts, we use the power of culture to help make a transformation stick… It’s difficult because, most of the time, creating a new norm means that you need to change old ones that are deeply embedded” (165). During this time, monitoring and evaluation should be used to measure the dedication and progress of transition efforts (Fernandez and Rainey 172).
School administrators must also keep in mind what impending changes will mean for educators: “When implementing ‘reform,’ [teachers] must assume risks, deal with organizational conflict, attempt new practices, and take on extra work, such as engaging with colleagues in planning, implementing, and evaluating improvement…

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