The paper "How Manager Can Cope with the Rapid Change " is an outstanding example of management coursework. Organizations all over the world are in flux trying to change part or whole of their systems for one reason or the other. One look at the management structures of organizations, productivity level, product quality and many other components can attest to this. With the invention of the internet, ideas change rapidly and knowledge is transferred at an unimaginable speed. This paper explores how true it is that organizations today do not look the way they used to five to ten years ago and that they may not be the same in two to three years to come.
The paper also gives an insight into how a manager can cope with this rapid change and still handle the affairs of an organization with more diligence and efficiency. Lastly, it looks at the problems the managers might encounter in the process of adapting to these changes. In the world, we live in today the influx of information makes a change to be a continuous subject that must be dealt with at all times.
Whether one works for profit-making or not profit-making organizations change will always be inevitable. Change in organizations is brought about by several factors like government policy, technological advancement, market situation or market place, organizations and country’ s economy, cooperate strategy, workforce and employee attitudes among others (Olaf, 2010, 35-40). Government policy can lead to several changes in the structure and ways of doing things. For example, the new legislation requires tobacco manufacturing companies to state all the harmful effects of tobacco. Such policy can result in huge economic pressure from tobacco manufacturing companies because when smokers get the information about health risks of smoking tobacco the majority of the will stop using the product.
The companies will, therefore, be forced to lay some employees or re-evaluate their budgets. They may also consider investing in other products so that they maintain their profits. Technological advancement can lead to positive and negative changes in an organization. When a new machine is brought in an organization then some of the employees may be forced to learn how to use such machines.
In some cases, the machines may lead to cutting down of the workforce since the work that was being done manually can now be efficiently done by the machines. Market place and the market situation is another factor that leads to major changes in an organization. The world market place created major adjustment to organizations globally because of the internationalization and dynamic situations. An example of a changing market place is the deregulation of communication companies when other telephone companies emerge. This makes the first organization in the market to adjust to challenges and stiff competition which it was not experiencing earlier. Organization’ s and country’ s economy can lead to several adjustments in an organization.
If a country is experiencing serious economic challenges then this is likely to be felt by organizations in the country. For instance, if a company deals with consumables then the purchasing power will be reduced and this will, in turn, affect the profits of the company. In order to survive such a company may resort to drastic measures like reducing the workforce and even changing processes so that the production cost can be as low as possible (Burnes, 2000.
67-70). A country with a growing economy always spurs growth in other areas and this makes companies in such areas to grow. When a company grows then it can decide to open branches and even adopt the latest technology in production. Either way, economic factors give rise to changes in organizations.
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