Essays on Change and Implications on Personal Development and Future Career Plans Case Study

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The paper "Change and Implications on Personal Development and Future Career Plans" is a wonderful example of a Management Case Study. In a commentary, global management research firm Trestle Group (2010) remarked that change management has become a universal buzz word that modern-businesses must use in their everyday operations. I agree with the observation. In fact, in my view, the continually changing business strategies and goals due to the growing dynamism of the business world as a result of globalization have made the concept of ‘ change’ to be unavoidable and ‘ change management’ is crucial.

Change management is, therefore, applicable to nearly all business projects that are likely to go unobserved. Palmer et al. (2009) also agree that change management is an integral component of an organization’ s life and is constant in modern-day organizations. Palmer et al. (2009) added that this has made it necessary for managers and organizations to relentlessly manage change so as to ensure sustained competitive advantage in the domestic and international markets. These show a need for personal and organizational change management. By basing on this backdrop, this reflective essay critically reviews the lessons I have learned from personal and organizational experiences of change.

It further discusses the implications of this learning to my personal development and my career plans in the future. Lessons learned from personal and organizational experiences of change On reflection of my role as a project management team member at Premier Workshop ltd, which is a building decoration company from Hong Kong, I must admit that I have been a poor manager of change after having failed to direct the company through its recent objective to resort to outsourcing leading to strong employee resistance.

However, the lectures on “ Managing Change with Individuals” have enabled me to realize the need to realize Personal change, and build personal competence, skills, and awareness through reflection. Reflection is at the core of Stacey’ s (2003: 422) theory of complex responsive processes, which stresses a need for one to pay attention to individual experiences of management in relationship with others and the part we play in what shaping what happens around us. For these reasons, I take my management experiences seriously. Kolb’ s (1984) learning cycle of ‘ doing and thinking’ also emphasizes the need for reflection as part of learning.

It recommends activist learning from trial and error, reflective learning from personal experiences, building concepts, and experimenting. Consistent with Stacey’ s (2003: 422) theory of complex responsive processes and Kolb’ s (1984) learning cycle of ‘ doing and thinking, ’ this reflective essay shows critically reviews the lessons I learned from personal and organizational experiences of change at Premier Workshop based on the case scenario below. Case scenario In late 2015, Premier Workshop Ltd, a building decoration company from Hong Kong, was facing a financial crisis because of a thinning market, which hammered the company's stock price.

The company's CEO Joe Anderson believed that to survive, the company had to transform its structure and business processes. The company decided to cut costs by outsourcing furniture production from small scale furniture makers. The idea proved unpopular among employees who resisted it. However, for the change program to be adopted, each employee had to comply with the new processes and systems. The executive managers who led the change also needed to make sure that all the outsourced firms knew what to do.

It was clear that a mandated change would be the only means to encourage transformational growth. Many areas of resistance emerged, including managers who knew they would lose control and employees who expected to lose their jobs. As a project manager for the building decoration company, I was expected to play a role in managing change but I felt excluded from the whole project. I also felt that my position was threatened and joined the rest of the employees in resisting the idea by avoiding any meetings to ensure the project was stalled.

Personally, I had low competency skills in change management. However, after the change management course last semester, I feel there are some roles I would have applied in assisting Premier Workshop Ltd to manage change. In brief, I was too inexperienced to play any significant role in effective change management.


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