A Systems Approach to Sustaining Change: Managing Boundaries
In order to implement effective and meaningful change that is sustainable, organizations must consider the requirements of the change as well as the boundaries in which they must operate.
In understanding why most organizational changes fail, it is important to understand the complexity of the organization. Prior to the introduction of General Systems Theory in the 1950’s, management saw organizations through the lenses of Scientific Management. Affecting change happened to an organization with no social consideration. Aligning the parts in a systems approach requires planning. Planned change, through a systems lens, considers barriers and boundaries. This paper demonstrates the applicability of the theory in a manufacturing setting to gain cooperation in setting boundaries and accountability in maintaining them.
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