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Sources of Organizational Change

For each organizational change process, there is a force, cause, or source of those organizational changes. Whether it is the pressure from the environment, or whether it is internal pressure, each organizational change has its cause, and this cause is the source of organizational changes.

What make small businesses and entrepreneurs really successful? It is flexibility. Flexibility means that they quickly change themselves and their businesses. All entrepreneurs must establish a system through which they would follow possible sources of organizational change and without delay to make the adjustment in their work.

Organizational changes aren’t appearing from nothing or because of themselves. For any process of performing something, there exist a reason, and the process is the result of that reasons. If the reason does not exist for some process or action, then logically there will not be the need for that process or action. Because of the continuity of the organizational changes in the life cycle of businesses, there will always be reasons for organizational changes. This causes (forces) is called sources of organizational change.

External Sources of Organizational Change

On the basis of how we classify environment, we can determine the areas that are external sources of change.

The environment has following areas that can be seen as external sources of organizational change:

  • Economical environment. Around your company there are competitors, suppliers, different interest rates, unemployment rates, income settlement, credit policy, gross domestic product, inflation, the level of international trade… All these things will have high influence on companies and the need for changes in the organization. You need to track them in order to make the right decisions for change.
  • Technological environment. Technology is simply the use of knowledge, methods and techniques that transform inputs into the outputs of the organization. The rate with which technology can influence and organization as external source of organizational change varies from industry to industry. As an entrepreneur you must follow the development of new technology in your industry and use the latest achievements in technology development in your own business. Because of that technology will require organizational changes.
  • Socio-cultural environment. Socio-cultural environment as the external environment or source of organizational changes contains people’s values, habits, norms, attitudes and demographic characteristics. Every society has different sociocultural characteristics based on the region, ethnics, settlement, etc. All of these factors will influence on the way your business operates.
  • Political environment. This area as an external source of organizational change deal with the laws and bylaws retrieved by the parliament as well as regulations issued by the government. Political area contains elements such as legislation, the stability of government, strikes, political situation in neighbouring countries, taxation… These sources of organizational changes must be respected by entrepreneurs and incorporated in the work of their companies.
  • International environment. Country where exist an company is a narrower environment of that company, but the wider environment is international environment. This environment recently had an increased impact on the business because of the increasing globalization of markets. What happens on the global market affects every business. The global crisis presents an example, which currently holds the whole world.

Internal Sources of Organizational Change

Internal sources of organizational change are forces which appear inside the the organization. Controlling these organizational changes is easier for entrepreneurs and managers because they are from inside the organization, something that according to the managerial functions, management can control.

As well as in external sources, we can use the same way in defining internal sources of organizational change based on the internal environment of the organization. What is the internal environment of the organization? In the simplest words, the internal environment of the organization is all that is within the organization. Organization as a system, consists:

Peoples in organization are doing all activities. We can have the best structure and the best processes in place, but without people in the processes of transformation of the input to the output, we will not be able to perform anything. People in the organization can be managers or employees, but all they represent a source of organizational change. Employees are persons who must take the initiative to change their work places, or changes in work tasks for more efficient and effective performance.

The structure of the organization does not allow chaos in the work. It gives the mutual relations of all components of the organization. Organizational structure defines the place of employees in the organization according to the hierarchy and the role of them through the rules, norms and procedures. Over time, organizational structure can not answer to the needs for efficient and effective work of the organization and become internal source of organizational change.

Processes in an organization represent all the activities that need to be done in order to transform input to output, and that will have a value for consumers. Processes in the organization can be different, and now I will show some of them that are most relevant to business:

  • Technological process is a process that transform raw materials into the products or services.
  • The decision-making process is a choice that people make about specific direction in the company.
  • Communication process is the dissemination of information between people in the organization.
  • Management process – is the process with which organisational members are managed to achieve the organizational goals.

These processes are the sources of internal organizational changes, because any problem will require solution, and solution is a new way of functioning of the process. That’s organizational changes.

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