Each organizational change has specific reasons why it will need to be implemented in the organizations. Look at the following 32 possible forces of organizational changes, or how they are also called drivers of organizational change.
For more than six years I was working on my master’s thesis about resistance to organizational change. In the last five years, I have spent large of my time in research of organizational changes, especially drivers of organizational change, sources or forces that will cause organizational changes in organizations.
Some experts talk about sources, some of them about forces, and some use the word drivers. But, each of these words represents the thing that will cause an organizational change in an organization.
Here is a list of 32 possible change drivers that I come after several years of researching more than 200 organizational science literature.
I will not go in the description of each of this forces, which will be part of some other posts here on entrepreneurship in a box.
Before I share this list, I would like to mention that this is still in a working version. Because I work on my Ph.D., and this is also part of my main thesis, and currently I’m implementing practical research about this list in small and medium-sized business, means that the list will be changed in the following months.
Let’s go with a list of possible drivers of organizational change.
1. Human resources
3. Changes in legislation
4. Technology development
6. Key Performance Indicators
7. Business Growth
9. International laws, politics, and agreements
11. Changes in the world and domestic economy
12. Internal problems in the organization
13. Organizational structure
14. Organizational resources
16. Change in government politics
17. Organizational reduction
18. Availability of capital
20. Social changes
21. Exchange rate
22. Systems and process in the organization
23. Decreasing discrimination
24. Implementation of new technology
25. The innovation of new products or services
26. Environmental protection
27. Vision, mission, and goals
29. Unemployment rate
30. Trade unions
31. Political changes
32. Professional associations
To produce this list I was analyzed more than 400 different drivers of organizational change from more than 200 literature sources. If you think that there is space for something more on the list, don’t hesitate to share it with us.