Organizational Change Application Paper

Organizational Change Application Paper Guidelines 

Effective leaders and managers are skilled at diagnosing organizational challenges and leading change initiatives. In this paper, you will apply the knowledge you have gained of organization change by developing a proposal to implement a change initiative in a specific organization. The proposal will identify an organizational challenge, diagnose the organization’s need and readiness for change, develop a change strategy and action plan, and discuss the benefits of successful implementation.

A well-written paper should be 8 – 10 double-spaced pages of content; the page count doesn’t include the title and reference pages. It will reference 5 or more scholarly sources including 4 peer-reviewed journal articles retrieved from Brandman’s virtual library, adhere to APA standards, and include the following:

Change Initiative Description 

In one page or less, describe the organizational change initiative identifying and discussing the type of change required: tuning, adapting, redirecting or recreating, and providing any background information important to understanding the situation. The initiative described should be consistent with the one approved by the instructor in week 3, and used as the scenario in the discussion board

Change Diagnosis 

Describe the need for organizational change including the gap between the current and desired states, the urgency of the change, the change readiness of organizational members (names optional), and the consequences of not changing.

Change Strategy 

Using Kotter’s 8-Step Process, the Change Path Model or other credible change strategy, propose a strategy to implement change describing the steps you and others will take to make the desired state a reality. In creating your strategy, include appropriate change levers or actions such as vision, communications, coalitions, and training. Discuss challenges and barriers you may face, and how to overcome them.

Benefits and First Step 

Discuss 4 – 5 specific results you expect from the successful implementation of the plan linking the results back to the consequences of not changing. Identify 3 success measures that will be used to evaluate the implementation. And summarize your proposal with one specific first step.

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