Change Without Pain: How Managers Can Overcome Initiative Overload, Organizational Chaos, and Employee Burnout

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Harvard Business Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 218 pages
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A refreshingly non-revolutionary approach to change based on ten years of research that shows how transitions can be effective, cost-efficient, and painless

In this powerful and refreshing book, he outlines a positive new approach to change called “creative recombination.” Rather than obliterating and then reinventing anew—the change approach advocated by most gurus and “experts” over the last twenty years—creative recombination seeks sustainable, repeatable transformation by using the firm’s existing resources more wisely.

Abrahamson identifies five key elements that every company has—people, structures, culture, processes, and networks—and offers a broad toolkit of techniques for recombining, reusing, and redeploying these resources to achieve smoother, more cost-efficient, less painful organizational change.

 

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Contents

Organizational Change and Its Discontents
1
Creative Recombination
21
Redeploying Talent Rather Than Downsizing
39
Leveraging Social Networks Rather Than IT Networks
63
Reviving Values Not Inventing Them
89
Salvaging Good Processes Rather Than Reengineering Them
113
Reusing Structures Rather Than Reorganizing
131
LargeScale Recombination
151
The Fine Art of Pacing
167
Becoming a Better Recombiner
189
Notes
207
Index
213
About the Author
219
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