Dimensions to Consider in Structuring the Change Agent's Role

Duncan, Robert B.
August 1974
Academy of Management Proceedings (00650668);1974, p50
Conference Proceeding
An initial consideration in designing a change program is the specification or structuring of the change-agent role. This paper focuses on the kinds of choices and trade-offs among the choices that the manager is faced with in specifying the change-agent's role. The change-agent tasks discussed are: establishing a relationship, diagnosing, selecting the correct helping role, determining change objectives, and maintaining change. The dimensions of choice in structuring the change-agent role are internal versus external change-agent, single versus change-agent team, and homophilous versus heterophilous change-agent. The paper concludes that the optimally structural change-agent role would consist of a change-agent team made up of internal and external change-agents who were perceived as homophilous by members in the client system.


Related Articles

  • Management Theory for Small Business: Attempts and Requirements. d;Amboise, Gérald; Muldowney, Marie // Academy of Management Review;Apr88, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p226 

    This paper examines the attempts that have been made to develop theories of small business management. The discussion of various contributions is structured according to task environment, organizational configuration, managerial characteristics, success-failure issues, and growth issues....

  • BUILDING A MODEL OF WORK FORCE REDUCTION THAT IS GROUNDED IN PERTINENT THEORY AND DATA: REPLY TO McKINLEY. Sutton, Robert I.; D'Aunno, Thomas // Academy of Management Review;Jan1992, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p138 

    In this article the authors respond to comments made about a paper they published in a pervious issue that discussed that examined organizational decline. The authors proposed two models of the process in their original work, the second of which drew the most scrutiny. In this article they...

  • STRATEGIC CHANGE ANALYSIS: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE PERIODS AND PATTERNS OF CHANGE. Topping, Sharon // Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings;1992, p101 

    This study examines the strategic responses of one health care organization over a 19-year period. This involves the application of statistically derived definitions of incremental and revolutionary change and the consequent identification of periods and patterns of change. Findings are examined...

  • Give Treasury a Bigger Stake in Merger Integration. Baldoni, Robert J. // Financial Executive;Jun2005, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p52 

    The article discusses the role of treasury departments in corporate mergers. Treasury departments are often brought in at the end of the merger process for tactical reasons. Early participation by treasury can carry a number of important benefits including an understanding of the structure,...

  • Designing a New Organization at NASA: An Organization Design Process Using Simulation. Carroll, Timothy N.; Gormley, Thomas J.; Bilardo, Vincent J.; Burton, Richard M.; Woodman, Keith L. // Organization Science;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p202 

    The challenge for NASA's Systems Analysis Integrated Discipline Team (SAIDT) is to develop a new organization design capable of performing complex modeling and analysis tasks, using team members at various NASA centers.The focus is on: (1) design as a process, (2) the effect of design tools on...

  • Turnaround at Boise Cascade Corporation. Fery, John B. // Academy of Management Proceedings (00650668);1974, p1 

    My remarks will trace: Boise Cascade's rapid, but constructive growth in building materials and paper from its founding in 1957 through the mid-1960's; the company's efforts to diversify in the late 1960's; the serious problems encountered in 1971 and 1972 as a result of diversification;...

  • Assessing Growth Opportunities: Are You Financial or Strategic? Molod, Seth; Sattler, Robert // Financial Executive;Mar2005, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p18 

    The article discusses ways for firms to assess growth opportunities, in relation to mergers and acquisitions. Financial buyers should seek a targeted return on the investment and look to maximize undervalued assets, such as real estate. Strategic buyers search for synergies with their business...

  • An Introduction to Organizational Design. McCaskey, Michael B. // California Management Review;Winter74, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p13 

    In this synthesis of key concepts and findings from research on the design of organizations, the complex trade-offs involved in designing the structures and processes of an organization are examined from the contingency approach viewpoint. Empirical research provides guidelines for fitting...

  • A META-ANALYTIC REVIEW OF THE IMPACT OF PLANNED ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE INTERVENTIONS. Robertson, Peter J.; Roberts, Darryl R.; Porras, Jerry I. // Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings;1992, p201 

    Findings from a meta-analysis of fifty-two evaluations of planned organizational change interventions are reported. Results are presented regarding the relationships between five categories of interventions and seven categories of dependent variables. Patterns in the findings are discussed, and...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics