January 10th, 2018
Leading Organisational Change – introduction
Factors such as globalisation and changing organisational contexts have contributed to the need for organisations to change the way they conduct business. For instance, globalisation has led to increased competition by facilitating entry of foreign players, thus necessitating entities to transform their businesses to survive. In organisational contexts, aspects such as changes in workforce characteristics and technology moderate the effectiveness of management approaches. Such forces are expected to continue shaping the nature of workplaces even in 2025, as reported in a study of workplaces by Gratton (2011). One entity that has had to restructure its Australian business activities in response to such forces is Stanley Works (henceforth Stanley). This paper evaluates the change in Stanley’s Australian business by evaluating the change process as identified in the case study by Andrews, Mahoney and Bourke as presented by Waddell, Cummings & Worley (2011).
The case study identifies the change of Stanley Australia from a manufacturing to a sales and marketing focus, following the entry of Asian competitors that presented cheaper but almost equivalent alternatives (Waddell, Cummings & Worley 2011). Apart from such a shift, the change also involved the merger of two subsidiaries, Stanley Australia and Stanley Bostitch, of the US-based parent company, Stanley Works. Such changes had diverse implications on the structure, processes, people and technology components of the organisation. This paper will assess the change process at Stanley to identify the type of change, and, subsequently, note the implications of the change based on the parent company’s perspective. It will base such analysis on theories advanced on aspects such as change models, organizational learning and organizational development. Further, the paper identifies the ethical implications that accompany such organisational changes, and concludes with a summary of effectiveness of change process at Stanley.
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