Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little: Overcoming Organizational Immaturity

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As the authors of this eye-opening new work make clear, to enact real change, organizations need to shake off their immaturity and grow up. Shifting away from the tendency to lay all the blame on bad leadership, Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little: Overcoming Organizational Immaturity offers specific answers for why most organizational improvement efforts fail.

Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little explains the difficulties and dangers of organizational immaturity, then provides proven, effective tools and ideas for achieving change within the limitations of an immature organization. With this guide, leaders and other stakeholders will be able to determine the maturity level of an organization, get beyond prevailing myths about how change gets derailed, and identify potential areas for improvement.

 

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Contents

Part 1 Calling All Champions
1
Part 2 Identifying the Obstacles and Learning How to Overcome Them
49
Develop As Many As You Can
81
Taking It to the Next Level
135
Appendix 1 Sample Assessment Tools
187
Appendix 2 Tools for Developing a Policy Framework
191
Appendix 3 Metrics Implementation Guide
199
Appendix 4 Training Plans
205
Appendix 5 How to Write a Living Strategic Plan
213
Bibliography
217
Index
221
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About the author (2010)

Martin Klubeck is a strategy and planning consultant in the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame.

Michael Langthorne is a project manager in the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame.

Donald Padgett is a program manager in the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame.

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