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Change From A to Z

By Kellye D. Perry and Peggy L. Jones (TNU 2008)

Introduction:

Change denotes the transition that occurs between one state to another. The business definition for Change Management is the coordination of a structured period of transition from situation A to situation B in order to achieve lasting change within an organization. These are just a couple of the elaborations on the word change as it refers to business. The list below, will give even more words that can also indicate change as it refers to organizational management.

Abrogate - to annul, repeal, or abolish. This action makes a former rule, order, law, or treaty void or inoperative.

“Business Glossary.” AllBusiness, A Dun & Bradstreet Company. 2007. 14 Sep 2008. <http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/abrogate/4949928-1.html

Alter - to make different without changing into something else

"Change.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 14 September 2008. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change

Brainstorming - an idea-generating process that encourages the development of alternatives while withholding criticism of those alternatives.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html>  

Continuous improvement - small ongoing changes to existing processes, to radical and substantial change involving organizational strategy

BNET. BNET Business Dictionary. 2008. CNET Networks Inc., A CBS Company. 14 Sep 2008. <http://dictionary.bnet.com/definition/change+management.html?tag=content;col1

Crisis problem - an unexpected problem that has the potential to lead to disaster if not resolved quickly and appropriately

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

C-Type Reorganization - Stock-for-asset reorganization -form of reorganization in which an acquiring corporation obtains solely for all or part of its voting stock (or its parent's voting stock) substantially all of the assets of a second corporation.

“Business Glossary.” AllBusiness, A Dun & Bradstreet Company. 2007. 14 Sep 2008. <http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/c-type-reorganization/4961384-1.html

Delegation- the downward transfer of authority from a manager to a subordinate

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Development plans- a series of steps that can help employees acquire skills to reach long-term goals, such as job promotions.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Differentiation strategy- a plan whereby a company attempts to set the organization's products or services apart from those of other companies.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Emission - a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state

"Change.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 14 September 2008 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change> 

Empowerment - giving individuals in organization autonomy

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html>

Evolution - a process of change in a certain direction

"Change.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 14 September 2008 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change

Fact finder -neutral party who studies the issues in a dispute and makes a recommendation for a fair settlement

“Business Glossary.” AllBusiness, a Dun & Bradstreet Company. 2007. 28 Sep 2008. <http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/fact-finder/4962483-1.html

Growth - a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advanced - the process of working out or developing

"Change.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 14 September 2008 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change

Horizontal job loading- the same as job enlargement

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Individual change management - the process and steps an individual goes through to implement a change successfully, whether personal change or professional change. ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, and Reinforcement) is one example of an individual change management model that describes the sequence of successful change.

“Change Management Basics: Glossary.” Change Management Learning Center. 2008. Prosci. 14 Sep 2008. <http://www.change-management.com/tutorial-cm-basics-glossary.htm

ISO 9001 - is a model for quality assurance systems in design, development, production, installation, and servicing. It is appropriate when the supplier assures conformance to specified requirements during several phases of activity that may include design, development, production, installation, and servicing.

“A Few Words about ISO 9000.” John Stark & Associates.com. 1998. 21 Sep 2008. <http://www.johnstark.com/fwis9.html

ISO 9002 - is a model for quality assurance systems in production and installation. It is appropriate when the supplier assures conformance to specified requirements during production and installation.

“A Few Words about ISO 9000.” John Stark & Associates.com. 1998. 21 Sep 2008. <http://www.johnstark.com/fwis9.html

ISO 9003 - is a model for quality assurance systems in final inspection and test. It is appropriate when the supplier solely at final inspection and test assures conformance to specified requirements.

“A Few Words about ISO 9000.” John Stark & Associates.com. 1998. 21 Sep 2008. <http://www.johnstark.com/fwis9.html

Job enlargement- a type of job re-design that increases the variety of tasks a position includes (also known as horizontal job loading).

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Job enrichment- a type of job re-design that not only includes an increased variety of tasks, but also provides the employee with more responsibility and authority (also known as vertical job loading)

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Job rotation- temporarily assigning employees to different job, or tasks to different people, on a rotating basis

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Job sharing- process in which two or more persons perform one full-time job (also known as twinning)

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Kaizen- a Japanese term used in the business setting to mean incremental, continuous improvement.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Leading- establishing and influencing others to follow a specific direction

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Management by Crisis - reactive method of administration whereby you formulate strategies as events occur; shortsighted policy often leading to organizational confusion.

“Business Glossary.” AllBusiness, A Dun & Bradstreet Company. 2007. 28 Sep 2008. <http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/management-by-crisis/4954912-1.html

Management by Exception - administrative policy of focusing on those events deviating from an established standard. Management by exception practices are established where it has been determined that only those events that deviate from a standard are significant. For example, only those creditors having outstanding accounts for more than 45 days will receive a second billing notice.

“Business Glossary.” AllBusiness, A Dun & Bradstreet Company. 2007. 28 Sep 2008. <http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/management-by-exception/4944378-1.html

Need satisfaction - fulfillment of a motivational desire. After need satisfaction has occurred, there is no further motivation for gratifying that need.

“Business Glossary.” AllBusiness, A Dun & Bradstreet Company. 2007. 28 Sep 2008. <http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/need-satisfaction/4959096-1.html

Open System - a method in which an individual or organization must interact with various and constantly changing components in both the external and internal environments.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008. <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Organizational Change - a significant change that affects an entire company

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Organizational change management - the specific actions and steps taken to implement a change management program Prosci’s 3-phase change management process (preparing for, managing and reinforcing change) is a methodology for implementing organizational change management.

Prosci. “Welcome to the Change Management Tutorial Series.” Change Management Series. 1996-2008. 27 Sept. 2008 <http://www.change-management.com/tutorial-cm-basics-glossary.htm

Organizational Development - this is the more gradual and evolutionary approach to change. It bases on the assumption that it is possible to align corporate objectives with the individual employees’ objectives. In practice, however, this will rarely be possible.

Recklies, Oliver. “Managing Change – Definition und Phases in Change Processes.” The Manager.org Sept 2008. 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.themanager.org/Strategy/Change_Phases.html

Paradigm Shift - a point in time when the knowledge or structure, which underlies a science or discipline, changes in such a fundamental way that the beliefs and behavior of the people involved in the science or discipline are changed.

Shamp, Johnna Dr., Total Management Quality Glossary. October 24 1998. 27 Sept 2008 <http://www.quality.org/TQM-MSI/TQM-glossary.html

Planned Change - the deliberate structuring of operations and behaviors in anticipation of environmental forces

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Process Improvement - activities designed to identify and eliminate causes of poor quality, process variation, and non-value added activities.

Clark, Don R. “Glossary of Leadership Definitions.” Performance, Leadership, Learning and Knowledge. 3 March 2008. 27 Sept 2008 <http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leaddef.html

Questions – Many employees will resist change. How they resist and the choices they make can influence the success of your change project, the impact on productivity and employee morale, and ultimately employee turnover. Oftentimes, answers to frequently asked questions that employees have about change impacts employees' reactions to change.

Prosci. “Welcome to the Change Management Tutorial Series.” Change Management Series. 1996-2008. 27 Sept. 2008 <http://www.change-management.com/tutorial-cm-basics-glossary.htm

Reactive Change management - a reaction to something in an organization's external environment, for example, in the realms of economics, politics, legislation, or competition, or in reaction to something within the processes, structures, people, and events of the organization's internal environment.

Stanford Graduate School of Business. 2008. 27 Sept 2008.\ <http://www.gsb.stanford.edu

Reengineering - corporate transformation or business transformation. It is the more radical form of change management, since it challenges all elements of processes or structures that have evolved over time.

Recklies, Oliver. “Managing Change – Definition und Phases in Change Processes.” The Manager.org Sept 2008. 27 Sept 2008 <http://www.themanager.org/Strategy/Change_Phases.html

Replace - to put something new in the place of.

Webster, Miriam. Definition of ‘Replace’. 2008 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replace

Revamp – to remake or reconstruct.

Webster, Miriam. Definition of ‘Revamp’. 2008 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revamp

Scope Change – Customer-directed alteration that requires a modification in a project's cost or schedule. Common types of scope changes are (1) engineering change, (2) quantity change, (3) support change, and (4) schedule change.

“scope change” Business Dictionary.com. Web Finance, Inc. September 30, 2008. <http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/scope-change.html

Scope Change Control - also called scope change management. The process of making sure that all changes to the project scope are consciously evaluated and their implications to the project plan are considered in making a decision to make the change, postpone it or reject it.

International Institute for Learning, Inc. Project Management Basics Glossary. 2008. September 30, 2008. <http://www.allpm.com/glossary.php

Shift - a change in attitude, judgment, or emphasis.

Answers.com. Definition of Shift. 2008. 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.answers.com/topic/shift

Strategic Change - revision that takes place when a company changes its tactics (strategy) - possibly even its mission statement - to achieve current goals.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Structural Change - variation that occurs when a company changes its procedures, policies, and rules, and as a result, it is organizational structure.

CliffsNotes.com. Principles of Management Glossary. 14 Sep 2008 <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-305499, articleId-30102.html

Switch - a change from the usual.

Webster, Miriam. Definition of ‘Switch’. 2008 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switch

Transformation - a major organizational change from the present state to a new/preferred state in which CQI flourishes. The primary steps involved in moving an organization through a transformation is present state, unfreezing, transition period, refreezing, and new/preferred state.

Shamp, Johnna Dr., Total Management Quality Glossary. October 24 1998. 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.quality.org/TQM-MSI/TQM-glossary.html

Transition State - the process of changing the way of doing work. For employees, the transition state creates stress and anxiety. It is the 'implementation' phase of a project. The transition state is where change management minimizes resistance and improves how well and how quickly you can adapt to change.

Prosci. “Welcome to the Change Management Tutorial Series.” Change Management Series. 1996-2008. 27 Sept. 2008. <http://www.change-management.com/tutorial-cm-basics-glossary.htm

Unfolding - the action or an instance of forming and giving something off

Webster, Miriam. Definition of ‘Replace’. 2008 27 Sept 2008. <www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/unfolding

Value added - each time you do work to inputs to transform them into something of greater usefulness as a product.

Management Glossary. 2008. 27 Sept 2008. <http://www.skymark.com/resources/qualglos.asp#Qualityimprovement

Version control - to rein in and otherwise ride herd on changes to systems and the applications that run on them.

Distance Counseling. “Change Management 101.” 03 Dec 2006. 28 Sept 2008. <http://home.att.net/~nickols/change.htm

Worker Empowerment - The quality of the relationship between management and staff characterized by management's providing, and staff accepting, the authority, responsibility and resources necessary to perform a complete set of tasks. Empowerment rests on three basic concepts: direction, freedom, and support. Once you remove the first, the other two lose their meaning and empowerment no longer exists.

Birren, Dave. “Defining Empowerment LO76872.” 30 May 1996. 27 Sept 2008. <http://world.std.com/~lo/96.05/0592.html

X, Theory of - Douglas McGreagor's Theory X states that some people have an inherent dislike for work and will avoid it whenever. Managers need to control and coerce these people to achieve production.

Reh, F. John. “Theory X.” About.com: Management. 2008. 27 Sept 2008. <http://management.about.com/cs/peoplemanagement/g/theoryx.htm

You - the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case. Note: this is the only person that can change anything.

<http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/You> .

Z Theory - theory Z is an approach to management based upon a combination of American and Japanese management philosophies and characterized by, among other things, long-term job security, consensual decision-making, slow evaluation and promotion procedures, and individual responsibility within a group context.

Bookrags.com. “Theory Z.” 1996. 28 Sept 2008. <http://www.bookrags.com/research/theory-z-eom/> 

Conclusion

Change, as related to Management, covers the gambit of ideas and theories. It can go from A to Z, as is clearly seen from the definitions listed. Many times, the words “change and management” together bring fear into employees who feel they do not have a hand or say into this upper echelon of decisiveness into their future. While this may be true in many cases, a strong and viable management team will recognize the importance of the input of the employee. A good management team will listen to the ideas of its company’s employees and will effectively implement the positive and (even) sometimes-revolutionary ones. Investigate all possible alternatives when it comes to going forward. That is exactly what a great manager and leader must think. That brings change. Without change, what else is there?

Interesting Quotes as Related to Change

"Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.”

"A Course In Miracles.” Quotations. Quotations Book, 2008. Answers.com. 14 Sep. 2008. <http://www.answers.com/topic/a-course-in-miracles

"The industrial landscape is already littered with remains of once successful companies that could not adapt their strategic vision to altered conditions of competition.” –

"Ralph Abernathy.” Quotations. Quotations Book, 2008. Answers.com 14 Sep. 2008. <http://www.answers.com/topic/ralph-abernathy

"It seemed that each time we would become proficient at a given task there would be a change made for no apparent reason. It sometimes appeared that changes were made simply because sufficient time had elapsed since the last change. And then our efforts would begin again from the beginning.”

"Adalphos, General.” Quotations. Quotations Book, 2008. Answers.com 28 Sep. 2008. < http://www.answers.com/topic/adalphos-general

"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”

"Saul Alinsky.” Quotations. Quotations Book, 2008. Answers.com 14 Sep. 2008. <http://www.answers.com/topic/saul-alinsky

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

“Ralph Waldo Emerson.” Famous Inspirational Quotes. 2008. September 30, 2008 <http://www.inspirationalquotes4u.com/emersonquotes/index.html

“No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.”

“Orison Sweet Marden.” Thinkexist.com. September 30, 2008. <http://www.thinkexist.com/english/Author/x/Author_3810_1.htm>

 

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