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Factors contributing to the successful implementation of planned change at a small, private, four-year institution in the mid -Atlantic area


2007 2007

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The purpose of this grounded theory study was to develop a theory about what elements and/or processes, typically identified in strategic planning models as necessary components for second-order change implementation, are present in the successful implementation of planned change initiatives in the higher education environment. Corporate models for change provide the language for the study of strategic planning and implementation, but they do not take into account the unique environment of higher education. Business models do not address key factors in academia such as shared governance and a reverence for tradition that may be counter-intuitive to major change.

This study was conducted on the campus of a college in the mid-Atlantic area that was nationally recognized for successfully implementing significant, measurable change. Fifteen campus personnel participated in qualitative interviews focused on the enablers and barriers to change implementation at their institution. Propositions were developed as a result of the study, and a model for change implementation for higher education was created from the propositions. The model suggested three critical strategies for change: (a) planning for change is enabled by a sense of crisis, a shared understanding of the goals for change, and a set of measurable desired outcomes; (b) change leaders must build consensus, respect the culture, work through existing structures, and create a change vision consistent with the institutional identity; and (c) The change process should be highly inclusive, employ multiple modes of communication, and address opposition to the planned changes early in the process.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Higher education
Classification
0514: School administration
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Change management; Mid-Atlantic; Planned change; Private education
Title
Factors contributing to the successful implementation of planned change at a small, private, four-year institution in the mid -Atlantic area
Author
Souza, Jane M.
Number of pages
237
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 68/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549052685
Advisor
Hoover, Richard
Committee member
Grady, Marilyn; Isernhagen, Jody; Joekel, Ronald; Walter, L. James
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department
Educational Administration
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3266777
ProQuest document ID
304842805
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304842805
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