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Factors that Drive Organizational Change.

Can you help me in describing the factors that drive organizational change? What are some of the catalysts that cause change?

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In today's highly competitive global economy, organizations are consistently faced with the pressures of trying to build and maintain strategies that keep them competitive as market conditions around them change. These pressures and changes can be both external and internal depending on the organization and their competition (Pandey, 2012). When these external or internal pressures become overwhelming, an organization must change to survive. These organizational changes fall into many categories, however, the most common factors for organizational change are proactive and reactive factors (Glor, 2008).

Proactive organizational change is generally a good thing. Proactive organizational changes occur when leaders identify weaknesses inside their company or strengths in their competitors companies, or, they anticipate changing market conditions and react to those conditions (Glor, 2008). The leaders will begin to outline strategies to change their current process and their overall organizations operations to stay ahead of the impending conditions that are on the horizon (Glor, 2008). By taking a proactive approach, companies have the advantage of making changes based on their terms and conditions which can help lessen the overall negative impacts on the organization that often comes with change (Pandey, 2012).

Reactive organizational change can be much more devastating to an organization as it occurs as a forced reaction to some unforeseen or unavoidable negative action. The types of factors that would drive a reactive organizational change would be things such as; changes in ...

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Proactive organizational change is generally a good thing. Proactive organizational changes occur when leaders identify weaknesses inside their company or strengths in their competitors companies, or, they anticipate changing market conditions and react to those conditions (Glor, 2008).

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