Change can be defined in a variety of ways depending on the context that it is being used in. Change can be described as a cause for breaking of the norm or a cause for something to be different. Change can be in physicality where objects are morphed into a different forms or a break in ideology from one sense to another. It is this act, result or process of changing or modifying to become different or undergo alteration or it can also be described as going from one phase to another. In life change is inevitable. Change allows for growth, learning and overall development in life. It allows improvement and betterment in the environment whether it is internal or external change. In nature change teaches better ways of survival to organisms. In thinking change enables us to be more accommodative of others and also to appreciate more in life. In business change is essential in growth, adaptability and overall survival of business entities. Case Study: Capitol Academy
Capitol Academy of Mindanao, Philippines was once a successful and recognized institution offering bachelors programmes for middle to upper class teenagers and college students in the years 1990 towards 2000. However, towards the end of the 1990s, it has experienced several problems which have led to an overall reduction in the profitability and effectiveness in operations and running of the institution. This report is an attempt aimed at understanding some of the problems faced by the academy, their causes and possible solutions to these problems (BENNIS, 2006. Pp. 34). Capitol Academy has been faced by a number of challenges. A few of these challenges range as follows. Capitol academy once enjoyed an almost near monopoly of the market share in offering bachelor programmes in the early 1990s and towards the end of the 1990s. This near monopoly has almost been eradicated due to increased market slots by other up and coming institutions resulting into a decreased profitability of the institution (SOUTHWELL, 2001. Pp. 26). Lack of innovation in teaching programmes has led to some of their market share being lost as people who would have been their students have ended up looking for education in the rivals of capitol academy. These other rival institutions offer more innovative and cutting edge teaching and educational programmes. In-house wrangles between the faculty as shown by the Director of administration of the whole Capitol School Systems Dr. Amil J. Gonay and Vince Dali of professional development programs have led to inefficient running of the academy and disruption of cohesiveness between faculties which are essential for effective running of the academy. Cancellation of many traditional contracts and termination of open enrollment field courses is a problem too. It has been caused through the loss of many regular and tenured instructors. This has consequently led to the name of the once highly rated academy to come into disrepute. The costs of operations have also shot up due to the running of some courses with insufficient instructor as this forces them to hire outside lecturers (BENNIS, 2006. Pp. 34). This has subsequently led to an increment of enrollment fees and loss of more market share as some students end up opting to move to cheaper and more effective institutions of learning.
Kurt Lewin’s Change Theory
Kurt Lewin was a renown German Sociologists. He was born in the year 1890 and later died in 1947.. Kurt Lewin also introduced his field theory concepts. Here, he emphasized that the group differs from the simple sum of its parts. He is credited the term group dynamics in 1939. It requires an earlier learning experience to be rejected and replaced. His theory states behavior as a balance of forces that are working in opposing directions. The concepts of his theory are broken down into three parts. The first part constitutes the driving forces....
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