Management of transformational change at the National University of Lesotho.
Mohapi-Moloi, Tsepiso Patricia Malehlohonolo.
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Change is the single most important element of successful business management today. To remain competitive in increasingly aggressive, competitive and dynamic markets, organizations have to adopt a positive attitude to change. Ignoring or trivializing changing trends can be very costly. The best organizations are the trendsetters that monitor the environment, embrace the need for change and effectively lead change in order to survive. Effective management of change is, therefore, of great importance if organizations are to stay ahead of rivals and attain a sustainable competitive edge in the industry (Heller, 1998). The main focus of this dissertation is to evaluate the management of transformational change at the National University of Lesotho (NUL), with the intention of formulating management of change strategies that NUL can adopt for the successful implementation of its strategic transformational change process. The text further explicates the correlation between leadership, change and the management of change within the context of NUL's ongoing transformational change process. A case study approach has been used to conduct the research. The report has been divided into five chapters. Chapter One provides the background to the study as well as the research methodology that has been employed to conduct the study. It further provides a brief outline of the structure of the dissertation. Chapter Two describes the theoretical framework of the change process, management of change and implications of different leadership traits on the management of transformation change in transforming organizations. The theoretical framework forms the foundation on which the study has been based and also provides guidelines and benchmarks of the management of change strategies that NUL can use for the successful implementation of its strategic transformational change process. At the end of Chapter Two, a case analysis model has been developed to conduct the case analysis in Chapter Four. In Chapter Three, a brief overview of an evolutionary background to the study problem is provided. The chapter also provides a critical analysis NUL's strategic transformational change process. Chapter Four offers an evaluation of NUL's strategic transformational change process. The discussion is based on the case study change model developed at the end of Chapter Two. It also highlights on the strengths and weakness of the NUL's change process. Lastly, in Chapter Five, recommendations emanating from the analysis conducted in Chapter Four, are outlined as suggestions what NUL can do and things that it should avoid doing if it is to achieve the objectives and goals of its transformational change successfully. Moreover, the chapter concludes the dissertation by providing a summary of the entire case study and maps the way forward for NUL to meet its strategic objectives and goals, as well as achieve a successful transformational change process with long-term strategic development.