Change management (The Economist blog)

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Change management

Jan 12th 2009

Businesses are torn between a desire to define for all time their organisation’s structure and strategy, and a recognition that their world is in a constant state of flux. For the larger part of the 20th century they were more focused on the static elements of this dichotomy. But in recent years changes have become more frequent and more dramatic, so much so that a whole branch of management is now devoted to the subject of change itself.

In a classic analysis of the dilemma, Henry Mintzberg, a Canadian business academic, described how a student asked him whether he “was intending to play jigsaw puzzle or Lego” with the elements of structure and power that he described in his books and that he put together to make a number of configurations of different organisations.

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