The Pathway to Organizational Change Essay

1795 Words Nov 1st, 2012 8 Pages
The Pathway to Organizational Change


Essentially an organization is the arrangement of personnel for the purpose of achieving a common goal. Organizations are structured, take on functions and responsibilities, and are continuously evolving. As a member of a nonprofit board that is in dyer need of change in order to survive, I chose to devote this paper to the best practices of creating successful organizational change. Although change is never easy, there are many successful organizations, which have learned to deal with and adapt to the demands of the environment through engaging in organizational change. Stephen Michael, a professor of management at the University of
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According to Michael, bureaucracy tends to make organizations more stable, where as innovation tends to make organizations more flexible. “Bureaucracy reduces the uncertainty in the internal environment of the organization, and innovation reduces the uncertainty in the external environment” (Michael, 1981, 18). Although having a stable work environment may be an organizational strength, bureaucracy can also create organizational weaknesses. In Max Webber’s paper, “Bureaucracy”, he describes characteristics of bureaucracy such as; “Methodical provision…made for the regular and continuous fulfillment of…duties and for the execution of the corresponding rights” (Weber, 1946, 77). By Weber’s use of the words “methodical provision” and “regular fulfillment” to describe bureaucracy, you can see how too much bureaucracy can dampen individual innovation, especially if it strays from an individual’s specific tasks, and can cause resistance to change. However, too much free reign in innovation and a lack of structure can definitely lead to a lack of collaboration and productivity in an organization. Therefore, when analyzing an organizations strengths and weaknesses, it is important to pay close attention to how the organization manages its internal environment with respect to bureaucracy and innovation. The next step towards achieving organizational change is to use the environmental analysis to

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