Management of Change
Why is the concept of a learning organisation so important to the future of Healthworks Limited?
Organizations have recognized the commercial significance of organizational learning and the concept of the ‘learning organization’ has been a vital orienting point in this. Writers have required to identify model, or ideal forms, ‘which real organizations could attempt to emulate’ (Easterby-Smith and Araujo 1999: 2). In this sense the learning organization is an ideal, ‘towards which organizations have to progress in order to be able to respond to the various pressures they face (Finger and Brand 1999: 136). It is characterized by a recognition that ‘individual and ...view middle of the document...
Hence the concept of learning organization is very important for the future success of the Healthworks Limited, there are some following reasons:
* Because they want superior performance and competitive advantage
* For customer relations
* To evade decline
* To improve value
* To understand risks and variety more intensely
* For modernization
* For their private and spiritual well being
* To increase the ability to control change
* For understanding
* For animated committed work force
* To increase boundaries
* To connect in community
* For freedom and independence
* For awareness of the critical nature of interdependence
* Because the times demand it
A learning organization is one that searches to create its own future, assumes learning is an uncompleted and innovative process for its members, it develop and changes itself in reaction to the need and objective of people both inside and outside, as Management of Healthworks Limited wants to expand their business in Europe and developing quality standard across the cultural boundaries. They should try to work on it according to the strategy as they have to face several problems in the competitive environment. They should give a chance to people at all levels, independently and collectively to increase the ability to produce results. Real learning is not just limited adaptive learning but also includes generative learning that increase a human being's ability to create the results he or she truly desires.
The case study of Healthworks Limited analyzes that, organization find themselves in a competitive environment categorized by fast change. Any competitive boundary depends on its ability to deal with change more efficiently and more quickly than its competitors. It is no longer suitable for managers to take all the responsibility for creating the learning organization. Each individual within the organization needs to be responsible to take responsibility for making the necessary changes for creating the learning organization. They also need to share their knowledge with others in the organization thus emphasizing the concept of teams and teamwork. These are ideals characteristic of an organization hopeful to develop a learning organization.
What do you consider to be some of the potential sources of resistance to creating a learning organisation at Healthworks Limited? How might they be overcome?
Employees have many reasons to fear change proposals. There is much written about organizational change and the reasons that people resist change. It has been said that people do not resist change but resist being changed. Individuals are happy with the status quo. Few people really want to go through the difficulty of learning new things. It is easiest to stick with what is known. Hence, a key challenge for organisational management team is to maximise organisational learning in order to develop an organisation that has the...